Heavy criticism was given to The Conservatives, largely due to their ‘shambolic’ and ‘incompetent’ attempts at negotiating for a trade deal with the EU; pointing out the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis and Boris Johnson as foreign secretary.
The Scottish first minister said that she was ‘more confident than ever’ that Scotland would achieve independence from the UK, but called for members to work harder at convincing no voters from the 2014 independence referendum if they were going to achieve their goal. Additionally, she stated the party must ‘wait for the fog of Brexit to clear’. It’s evident that the SNP is relying on the Brexit negotiations to take a turn for the worse to catalyse a spur of passion for an independent Scotland. In times when the other parties are facing tough publicity, SNP is using this turmoil to present an independent Scotland as a prosperous country and a ‘beacon of progressive values’
On less controversial issues, Climate Change was also on the agenda this year. With the United Nations predicting for Scotland to become one of the first Carbon-Neutral countries, The SNP was keen to take advantage of this fact to paint themselves as a more green SNP. Alongside a rather impressive pledge for a publicly-owned, not for profit energy company to be set up by 2021 (the end of the Scottish Parliamentary term). On top of that, plans for a new low-emissions zone in Glasgow were announced for the end of 2018, which received positive enthusiasm.
After leaving the most recent general election with heavy losses in terms of parliamentary seats, Ms Sturgeons leadership has been called into question over the last year. But, like last year, the party leader’s speech just was the defining point of the conference by a million miles, the moment everybody was waiting for. Nicola had the audience eating out of her palm, with just enough new-policy and vision to reaffirm her as the obvious leader of the SNP. And with the recent polls showing an increase in support of the party, it’s likely many delegates would have called the conference a success.
ContributorOliver spends his time contributing articles for Youth Politics UK as well as working hard on his studies. His allegiance lies with the conservative government and he believes in the values of both his own party and the Youth Politics Movement
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