I have been through times when the party was lucky to secure double figures in opinion polls and times when we swept all before us. But I won’t be content until we reach independence – the state which will make Scotland a normal nation once again.
ON this relaxing Sunday morning, spare a thought for the 35 brave souls who make up the SNP group at Westminster and who will shortly be preparing to return there for another week.
This week’s goings-on at Westminster exposed these Tory Brexiteers as a triumvirate of political charlatans – and showed that Scotland’s future is undoubtedly better with independence.
Independence is about making the dreams we have all had of a better, fairer, more equitable country real at last
Independence is about what we can achieve when no longer governed by those mired in backward looking, false exceptionalism. It is about wise stewardship of the great resources that lie all around us, natural and human.
Where I meet diplomats and journalists from other countries they nearly always end up remarking that their admiration for British governance – for debate and dialogue – has been completely destroyed by what they have witnessed in the last two and a half years.
It is a long way from “Lead don’t Leave”, a slogan pretending to be a promise much trumpeted in the first independence referendum, to “Once you’ve hit the iceberg, you’re all on it together”.
This latest Tory fixation has even, no doubt temporarily, overtaken the one they have about Scotland’s journey towards independence.
The reckless, incompetent and self-absorbed Tories that are leading the UK into a complete cluster-bourach are not acting in the national interest.
The UK Government’s approach is all about preserving the Tory Party, and Scotland deserves better.
Michael Russell MSP on the importance of immigration to the Highlands & Islands, and the threat Brexit poses.
The Prime Minister could – and must – rule out a “no deal” by immediately requesting an extension to Article 50. She must bring an end to the chaos and uncertainty.
The fact that Theresa May’s proposed deal already appears dead in the water as a result of the events of recent days should encourage those of us who have long argued for a different, better way out of the impasse.
Brexit for Scotland can only get worse. So we must acknowledge that this deal is unacceptable to Scotland and her citizens.
Read the speech given by Constitutional Relations Secretary Michael Russell at SNP Conference in Glasgow.
Michael Russell has made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on the Scottish Government’s plans to ensure Scotland is prepared for Brexit.
Yesterday’s report from a House of Commons committee is a devastating indictment of the Tory government’s often contemptuous attitude towards devolution.
Read the statement given to the Scottish Parliament by the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP.
Scotland’s Brexit Minister Michael Russell address to the SNP conference in Aberdeen.
Over 45 years ago, after much debate, the UK joined the European Economic Community. Today, on Europe Day, our European future is once again in question as the UK stands on the brink of reversing that decision.
Michael Russell, Scotland’s Brexit Minister on how, just a year before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, we still have almost no idea what a post-Brexit UK will be like.
Full text of the letter sent by Scotland’s Brexit Minister, Michael Russell MSP, to Members of the Scottish Parliament on the UK government’s EU Withdrawal Bill amendments.
When it comes to protecting Holyrood’s powers, the Tories are on the wrong side of the argument, the wrong side of reason and will ultimately find themselves – just as they did in 1997 – on the wrong side of history.
Read the statement given by Michael Russell MSP, Scotland’s Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, on the Scottish Continuity Bill.
Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, has written to the UK Brexit Secretary, on the Brexit sectoral analysis.