Scottish Politics Needs "Electric shock" - ALBA Party Leader Alex Salmond
The first candidates elected under the ALBA standard and progress in the new party’s vote share could deliver the “electric shock that Scottish politics so badly needs”
This was said today (WEDNESDAY) by former First Minister, Alex Salmond, in a final campaign sweep through FALKIRK, KIRKCALDY, ALLOA and ABERDEEN. Mr Salmond has been campaigning with the Party’s two MPs Neale Hanvey and Kenny MacAskill in support of the first 111 ALBA candidates to stand in local contests across Scotland.
Alex Salmond said:
“Scottish families are being taken to the cleaners in energy bills and household finances are being wrecked. The Tories are presiding over this disaster and don’t care while the opposition response from Labour is lacklustre.
“Meanwhile, instead of using the opportunity of Scotland’s vast resources to create a new public electricity company to deliver clean, green and affordable electricity to the people, the SNP Government have sold out the first offshore ScotWind acreage for a one off payment of £700 million.
“It is a giveaway of short sighted lunacy which makes the Ferguson fiasco look like efficient governance. Scottish families simply cannot afford anymore penalty kicks blasted over the bar by their own government.
“Scottish politics requires the electric shock that ALBA progress can bring if independence and control of our own resources is to be treated as an urgent necessity not an indefinite objective.
Scotland needs ALBA.”
Also speaking on the campaign trail in WEST LOTHIAN ALBA Party Depute Leader Kenny MacAskill MP said:
“The defining issue of this campaign has been the rising cost of fuel bills. It is time to cut energy bills by a third through a Windfall Tax on the excess profits of the energy giants and ease the financial pain being felt by families across the country. ALBA is the only party with a clear plan to boost household budgets by doubling the Winter Fuel Payment, introducing an annual £500 payment to those receiving council tax discount and increasing the Scottish Child Payment to £40 per week. Success for ALBA at the polls will deliver the real change that Scots families need and ALBA councillors will be the catalyst for that change in council chambers across Scotland.”
Speaking in KIRKCALDY ALBA Party Westminster Leader and MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath Neale Hanvey said:
“It is time to deliver the real progress on Independence that is long overdue. It is only ALBA that is pursuing Independence as an urgent priority and it is only ALBA that has a plan to tackle the cost of living crisis. Support for Independence and the action to achieve it has stalled over the last eight years. It is not enough to hope for Independence you have to vote for it on Thursday by voting 1 for ALBA in this Election.”