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Last night Ms Sturgeon dashed Scotland’s Christmas hopes after urging Scots not to spend the night in other homes during the holiday season and only get together for one day, unlike the five days opening of England. It came as Scotland’s coronavirus death toll exceeded 6,000 compared to other decentralized countries with 2,921 in Wales and 1,143 in Northern Ireland. Despite the pandemic, Ms Sturgeon continued to push her party’s agenda of wanting an independent Scotland forward, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to entertain.

At the SNP’s annual conference last month, she argued that unless Scotland separates from the UK, she risks being ‘dragged down’ by ‘Boris Johnson and his gang. of Brexiteers ”.

Ms Sturgeon has fired similar shots at Mr Johnson throughout the global crisis, with many accusing him of politicizing the pandemic to strengthen his case for an Indyref2.

Paul Embery, a leading trade unionist, told Express.co.uk Ms Sturgeon was a political ‘opportunist’ who played ‘blame Westminster’ whenever something bad happened in Scotland.

Others have made similar arguments, such as Professor John Millar of the University of Glasgow, who, in a 2015 article for The Conversation, said that Ms Sturgeon and her SNP were operating a “freakery check” in order to put the Scottish nation before the Scottish people.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish Prime Minister accused of “freaky control” (Image: GETTY)

SNP: Sturgeon has been in office since Alex Salmond resigned in 2014

SNP: Sturgeon has been in office since Alex Salmond resigned in 2014 (Image: GETTY)

He said the SNP hides its government’s poor performance with a continual “blame game”, downplaying its delegated powers to give the impression that Scotland could “only enjoy true autonomy if the country left the country. United Kingdom to become an independent state “.

Turning to the “striking tendencies” with which the SNP manipulates its power, Prof Millar said: “When the SNP government exercises its powers, two tendencies strike.

“Despite all its talk about progressive politics, the SNP is a decidedly illiberal party in practice.

“Whether it is bureaucratic interference in family life, secret weapons of police officers or the extensive use of coercive powers such as stop and search, Scottish nationalism in power betrays this tendency so often observed among national liberators: that the freedom of the nation counts. much more than the freedom of the people who inhabit it.

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Coronavirus: Sturgeon dashed Scots' Christmas hopes yesterday

Coronavirus: Sturgeon dashed Scots’ Christmas hopes yesterday (Image: GETTY)

“A second trend is an aberrant centralization of control; power is accumulated in Edinburgh, not poured into the towns and regions of Scotland – there is no equivalent here to George Osborne’s “powerhouse of the north” in Manchester and Sheffield.

“On the contrary, powers are withdrawn from local communities and centralized in the capital.

“Take the police: when the SNP came to power in 2007, Scotland had eight police forces; now we have only one, accountable to a council appointed directly by the Scottish ministers. “

This total control seems to have taken root in many Scottish institutions.

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Sir Tom Devine, one of Scotland’s best-known historians, this week criticized a resource used to teach schoolchildren as a ‘perversion’ of history and ‘blatant propaganda’.

A timeline of Scottish history, dating back to 1296, was removed from Education Scotland’s website this week following criticism, which teachers were urged to use in their lessons.

Scotland successfully called its first independence referendum in 2014, described by then Prime Minister Alex Salmond as a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’.

The No side won and the country remained part of the UK.

Scottish Independence: Ipsos Mori's Data on Opinion on Scottish Independence

Scottish Independence: Ipsos Mori’s Data on Opinion on Scottish Independence (Image: Newspapers Express)

Now the wave of opinion seems to be in favor of the Yes camp, as 51% of Scots believe the country should go their separate ways.

Added to the equation is Brexit, which Scotland voted against.

Ms Sturgeon stressed that if the country becomes independent, it will seek to join the EU.

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British politics: many Scots say they are tired of not having centralized power (Image: GETTY)

Yet Mr Embery said this policy is completely “inconsistent” with Ms Sturgeon and the SNP’s narrative: that Scotland wants democratic control, national self-determination and identity, and full political decision-making. transferred to Holyrood.

The country would immediately be forced to sacrifice at least some of these values ​​by joining the EU.

For example, it would be forced to adopt the euro as its currency.