First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attempted to defend her push for independence despite there being other crucial issues in Scotland. Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson made a dig at Ms Sturgeon after the First Minister claimed she wanted an independent Scotland referendum because she respected and believed in democracy. Ms Sturgeon said:”On a basic matter of democracy, I believe it is for the people of Scotland to choose their own future.
“I will argue that case in a democratic election.
“People will have the ability to decide in the way that they vote.
“If they endorse my view, that there should be a referendum on independence, people will then have the right to choose Scotland’s future.
“Fundamentally I believe in democracy.
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Nicola Sturgeon spoke at Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon
Ruth Davidson: RUTH DAVIDSON mocked Nicola Sturgeon during a tense clash in FMQs after the First Minister defended her push for an independent Scotland referendum.
“I think we now know that Ruth Davidson doesn’t.”
Ms Davidson sharply replied: “It seems Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t believe in democracy when she doesn’t like the answer.”
Initially Ms Davidson demanded Ms Sturgeon explain why the SNP was now pushing for independence.
She said: “On Tuesday the First Minister announced plans for a referendum bill.
Ruth Davidson: Ms Davidson demanded Ms Sturgeon explain why the SNP was now pushing for independence.
“Why is that more urgent than an education bill?”
Ms Sturgeon argued the SNP was committed to improving and reforming the current state of education in Scotland.
She said: “This Government has a very well known, well established and well underway programme of improvement and reform in education.
“Of course, we have taken additional steps to make sure that pupils catch up on the education they have lost over the COVID-19 period.
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Ruth Davidson: Ms Sturgeon argued the SNP was committed to improving and reforming the current state of education in Scotland.
“We have given additional funding to local authorities for that.
“We have also provided additional funding specifically to recruit additional teachers.
“Education and improving education remains the priority for this Government.”