Research professor, Dr Azeem Ibrahim, said Nicola Sturgeon “must distract from the SNP’s failure in every devolved area” because “it has nothing else to stand on”. He said voters were “beginning to realise that the SNP are now the establishment party and have failed to deliver on any of their promises”.
Dr Ibrahim posted on Twitter: “So, after 13 years SNP’s record is, one of positive messaging, and mediocre to dismal implementation. That is why they beat the drums of independence.
“If the SNP does not keep dangling the promise of an Ind Scotland in front of the faithful, it has nothing else to stand on.
“Sturgeon must distract from the SNP’s failure in every devolved area.
“After being in power for 13 years voters are beginning to realize that the SNP are now the establishment party and have failed to deliver on any of their promises. “
The research Professor at US Army War College and director of Center for Global Policy said the SNP had failed in areas devolved to them including education, justice, health, crime, drug deaths and local councils.
In a scathing takedown of Ms Sturgeon’s premiership, Dr Ibrahim also accused the SNP of a “poor management and misuse of power” over how they handle their cash.
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“From Edinburgh tram scandal (10x original budget), to the latest ferry scandal (years late double budget), there has been a devastating pattern emerging.
“The SNP, as a government, systematically prioritises perceived party “electoral” marketing value of projects and policies over their economic and social value and neglects the operational and implementation challenges leading to eye-watering waste of public money.
“And to top it all off, when all is said and done, no individual minister, or indeed the party as a whole, is ever held accountable for any of it – because the overriding push for independence keeps the voters together and allows scandals to be nearly ignored.”