Supreme Court’s Sturgeon Blow, Scottish Government Laws Ruled Unlawful

The Supreme Court’s just dealt a surprise blow to the Scottish government, siding with the UK government and determining parts of two Sturgeon bills to be outside the legislative competence of the Scottish parliament. The UK government’s law officers had initiated legal proceedings over concerns that the two bills were not about their policy objectives, and instead would place legal obligations on UK government ministers in reserved areas, affecting the government’s ability to make laws for Scotland. ‘Whoops’ doesn’t quite cover it. 

Alister Jack has hailed the Supreme Court’s decision. In a wider context, the ruling proves the Supreme Court is still keen on ensuring the Scottish government sticks to the boundaries of its legal competence – a ruling that should dissuade Sturgeon from thoughts about holding an illegal second referendum without Boris’s approval. Och aye the oh no…

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Scottish Secretary Slams Sturgeon: She Should Grow Up and Stop Being Different on Coronavirus “For the Sake of It”

This morning saw a very confrontational Scottish Select Committee, with Secretary of State Alister Jack not pulling any punches when slamming Nicola Sturgeon’s approach to tackling Coronavirus; claiming the devolved government has been “different for the sake of it” in its response to Covid in an attempt to advance an “agenda“, calling on the First Minister to be “grown-up”. Brave…

Later in the meeting Jack faced a very testy argument from Committee Chair Pete Wishart over next year’s Holyrood elections, with Wishart saying “there’s no chance whatsoever the Scottish Conservatives are going to win next May’s election”. A charge that resulted in the Scottish Secretary calling the SNP “arrogant”…

Playing nicely then…

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