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Scotland's leader resigns after conflicts over climate change, gender identity weakened government

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This article lightly skips over why Sturgeon is no longer there. Campervans etc.

Also that the shiny new hate crime law drowned Scottish police in about 10 years worth of legal work in its first few weeks. Work of genius there.

Sensible parties avoid both making promises they cannot keep on the environment and the toxic battlefield of the culture wars.

Ultimately, the UK has been broken by Brexit, its currency has been relegated causing hyperinflation. It is 25-33% poorer, its councils are going bankrupt and reducing services and its politicians are despised for their incompetence and failure.

The SNP are likely to take a hammering this year, but not as bad as the Tories. After a decade of misery, we will finally see them comprehensively humiliated at the polls. It's not much, but it will be enjoyable.

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Scotland is in a mess. Probably labour can take it back.

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Scotland's, soon to be former. First Minister Humza Yousaf will probably be remembered as one of the most haplessly incompetent politicians one could point at.

First and foremost, I believe that Scotland, its people should be able, for better or for worst choose who governs their country.

We must all be able to hold our politicians accountable up close by the lapels.

I have never been a fan of Nicola Sturgeon, I do admire Sturgeon as a politician, her ability to win elections and leadership.

Politically we are worlds apart.

Turmoil could follow, I suspect the political fisticuffs will revolve around MSP Kate Elizabeth Forbes/John Swinney. 

I would be interested to here from Scots/British commenters.

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Wow! Is that because he wants to stop Israel bombing Palestinians to death?

No, it's because he has a pathological hatred of white people. Quite the racist. If he hates white people so much in a country where they comprise the vast majority of the population, he's free to leave. But he won't, of course.

Moderator: vulgar/offensive - really? Ever listened to this guy talk? You leave up spiteful, hate-filled rants about Trump that have no factual grounding, but delete something easily provable. Take off the blinkers and start moderating posts objectively for a change.

You sound very angry. How's that working out for you. Are you ok?

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albaleo

Scotland is in a mess.

> In what ways? It doesn't seem so bad to me compared to other parts of the UK, and I live in the place. Brexit has caused various issues. (62% in Scotland voted to remain in the EU.)

I was only referring to the politics and not the daily life of the Scots.

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Scottish parliament politically is moving on from Humza Yousaf.

For the best, some, many?

Democracy dictates Yousaf didn't just simply make a nuisance of himself, he was elected to his seat, Glasgow Pollok since 2016.

Lessons to be learnt?

Every vote, your vote is vital and counts.

For Scottish nationalism Humza Yousaf departure must herald a return to policies that will bring hope to NHS Scotland, Education, Policing, investment Scotland industry, businesses, every sector.

I believe this next UK general election, Scotland voters will tip the balance. Labour will be gunning for a political renaissance north of Hadrian's Wall . A back to the future moment.

A wake up call.

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My own opinion/personal choice is Kate Forbes, controversial, John Swinney is the "unity" candidate.

Forbes views are guided by her Christian beliefs, I share a similar opinion, however a First Minster has to represent an electorate without fear or favour in a diverse environment of cultural/identity political minefield.

The rub here is honestly, I am not referring to "campervans" just stand on the hustings and for once just state your policies and stick to them.

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I was only referring to the politics and not the daily life of the Scots.

Fair enough, Wallace, but compared to the current politics of various other nations, Scotland's government seems fairly tame. Wait till we get full independence - then we can really mess things up. :-)

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@itsonlyrocknroll

For Scottish nationalism

I may sound pedantic, but I think (hope) most supporters of the SNP despise nationalism. The goal is independence. The word "national" in the SNP name is a historical hangover. Many significant members of the SNP have said they're not too comfortable with the "National Party" wording. Perhaps because it might be compared with the BNP name. Not nice.

One Scottish writer once described Scotland as a mongrel nation, and said we're probably better off for that. I agree. The Proclaimers have a song named "Scotland's Story" (link below) which I think illustrates that idea. (I'm an English-born person with English parents, but have lived in Scotland since I was one - except for 15 years in Japan. I love England, I love Scotland, I love Japan, I love America, I love Iran, I love Israel. I may not love their governments, but who does. I'm not so comfortable with the UK.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_ekIS9QWSA

(Sorry if I sound a little emotional. It's our 40th wedding anniversary today, and we're on the wine already.)

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Please, congratulation, 40th wedding anniversary, enjoy the wine and the occasion.

Its finding the balance between patriotism/nationalism the love of ones country, and the means to preserve sovereignty.

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No, it's because he has a pathological hatred of white people

I guess you're taking this viewpoint from what Elon Musk said about him based on a heavily edited clip of a speech by Yousaf. If you listen to the full speech, you will see it was not racist.

Note that Reuters did a fact check on the speech and concluded, "Yousaf's speech was given as part of a wider discussion about racial injustice and the lack of people of colour in positions of power in the Scottish Parliament and government. The speech did not assert that white people make up too large a proportion of Scotland's overall population."

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Socialist race-baiter downed by his own hubris. Good outcome, but he should probably be jailed if he's subject to his own laws.

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Scotland is in a mess.

In what ways? It doesn't seem so bad to me compared to other parts of the UK, and I live in the place. Brexit has caused various issues. (62% in Scotland voted to remain in the EU.)

Socialist race-baiter downed by his own hubris.

Wow! Is that because he wants to stop Israel bombing Palestinians to death?

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Wow! Is that because he wants to stop Israel bombing Palestinians to death?

No, it's because he has a pathological hatred of white people. Quite the racist. If he hates white people so much in a country where they comprise the vast majority of the population, he's free to leave. But he won't, of course.

Moderator: vulgar/offensive - really? Ever listened to this guy talk? You leave up spiteful, hate-filled rants about Trump that have no factual grounding, but delete something easily provable. Take off the blinkers and start moderating posts objectively for a change.

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