PM’s Scotland trip branded ‘arrogant’ as she leaves before lunchtime

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Scotland has been branded a ‘day trip’ that demonstrates her “arrogant attitude to Scotland”.

The trip, which consisted of a set-piece event in an Ayrshire factory that was closed to the public, was over before lunchtime when the Prime Minister headed to Newcastle.

Footage posted on social media showed the Tory leader being shepherded into a waiting vehicle in order to avoid meeting members of the public.  She was whisked off after spending less than an hour at a textile factory.

Commenting on the visit, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It’s one year to go until the UK is set to leave the EU. To mark the occasion, Theresa May has made a flying visit to Scotland.

“The Prime Minister’s trip is so brief that she’s also visiting Newcastle, Wales and Northern Ireland – and all before teatime.

“This arrogant attitude to Scotland from Tory Prime Ministers is nothing new. But since the EU referendum, it has been the cornerstone of this Tory government’s approach.”

The PM’s message to Scots, that she would “keep the UK united after Brexit”, has been interpretted by some as conceding that Brexit will result in a second independence referendum.  Nicola Sturgeon has already made clear a decision on when to hold a second referendum will be made only when the outcome of Brexit talks become clearer.

The SNP has accepted Brexit is going to happen, despite the people of Scotland voting to remain in the EU, however the party continues to press for membership of the Customs Union and the Single Market to be maintained.  Membership of both will be key to determining when the Indyref2 trigger is pulled.

The PM’s visit coincided with the publication of a new paper by the Scottish government detailing the impact of Brexit on people in Scotland.  The paper was accompanied by videos giving examples of the impact Brexit will have.

Nicola Sturgeon added: “Whether you voted Remain or Leave, there’s one thing that is very clear: Brexit will affect almost every aspect of our daily lives in some way or another.

“Whether it is our NHS, our economy, jobs or even the cost of a holiday – Brexit will undoubtedly have an impact.

“Tory and Labour elites would have us believe that the important decisions on Brexit have already been made for us, regardless of the impact on you and your family.

“I refuse to accept that our future has been decided for us. Scotland’s voice cannot simply be brushed aside.

“A day trip from the Prime Minister just won’t cut it. That’s not leadership.”

 

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11 thoughts on “PM’s Scotland trip branded ‘arrogant’ as she leaves before lunchtime

  1. gregor

    Had no idea the Empress was here.

    Another contemptuous coward just like Cameron.

    Thanks for leading the way…

  2. Clydebuilt

    Nicola’s spot on. . . “a day trip is not leadership” . . . . It’s a pathetic propaganda exercise.

  3. Alasdair Macdonald

    It looks as if she is using the same tactics that worked so well during the 2017 General Election. Don’t meet the people. Don’t let any unscripted questions be asked. Be filmed only showing her head and shoulders ringed with supportive placards being held by disembodied hands. Have BBC and STV commentators read out the press releases uncritically and then have their ‘political’ correspondents repeat the message.

  4. Jockanese Wind Talker

    Aye, the only precious thing TMay and the Tories are interested in this “precious Union” are Scotlands precious natural resources.

    Former United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland or FUKEWNI will be a 3rd World Country with an unserviceable National Debt and hyperinflation without Scottish resources.

    The Establishment knows this.

    So do we.

  5. Big Jock

    Nicola needs to stop pontificating and begging. She needs to act. This continuous commentary is tedious. We need to stop waiting and start taking control.

    Why are we still no further on and still trying to negotiate with dictators. Enough already we have spoken now deliver our independence referendum Nicola.

    1. Jockanese Wind Talker

      I know it is frustrating Big Jock but NS and The Scottish Government can’t go full on IndyRef2 until the final Brexit deal is submitted to the EU27 for consideration in October 2018.

      To do so allows TMay wiggle room.

      Only once the terms of Brexit are known, then is the time.

      Then the Scots public will see the true options.

      1. Clydebuilt

        OR do we need to wait til Brexit bites, redundancies increasing prices, the media could / will present Brexit to the ill-informed as a triumph

        1. Jockanese Wind Talker

          Fallout from Brexit vote is already happening Clydebuilt.

          Despite the Daily Record political correspondent Torcuil Crichton saying Brexit “doesn’t sing” to his readership.

          Major “don’t scare the horses”, “don’t report anything damaging to UK Government” only seen during wartime and best illustrated by the way the WW2 UK Government handled the the HMT (former RMS)
          Lancastria sunk on 17 June 1940.

          See comment from Wings over Scotland contributor Vestas on
          29 March, 2018 at 5:24

          “GKN just got bought by Melrose.”

          “This is a fairly big deal and is likely (IMHO) to cause a domino-effect collapse in aerospace industry in the UK.”

          “Airbus have already said they won’t be dealing with Melrose (the 80’s term for them was asset strippers) and with Brexit making the logistics of moving wings impossible there’s a lot of jobs about to disappear in areas the tories don’t care about.”

          “Not least Rolls Royce in Derby – if your main customer (Airbus) is in the EU then why make their engines in England and pay tarrifs?”

          “Indeed when your second biggest customer (Boeing) & you have no trade agreements why build in England at all…”

          “Lots of (unwelcome) chickens coming home to roost….”

          Sounds about right, especially given this mornings clamour about potential UK Government intervention to reverse the decision on BritNat Broadcasting.

          Melrose will asset strip and then liquidate what’s left of GMK.

          That will provide some nae sayers with tangible proof of the damage coming with Brexit.

  6. Robert Graham

    The best comment I saw on Mrs Mayhems visit was she would have been better to have just sent a recording with the usual Tory guff playing an endless loop of better together- better together- better together,

    She must have been cheered by the flag waving crowds ! ,oops that will probably be added by the BBC in Scotland , well it’s what they do .

    Oh well I suppose it’s an improvement on her visit to a hut in the woods , you have to wonder about the thinking behind this stunt , who was it supposed to fool , we only saw a quick clip of her exiting the building , was it her or her stunt dummy ? Who knows.

    And what exactly was the point of the visit other than to draw attention to a scarf & sweater manufacturer who has now been added to the defiantly won’t be buying anything they sell list , but as its Cashmere it’s products are probably out of the price range of most folks so it won’t matter anyway .

  7. Jason Smoothpiece

    The Brit Nats Tories and Labour, same folk really, have absolutely nothing to offer the people of Scotland.

    I would challenge anyone to say what benefit any of these people have to offer us.

    The people of Scotland owe it to their families to read more and pay attention to what is going on.

    The excuse ” sorry im daft and voted labour or tory” won’t wash folk have to think before supporting a political party they have to think of their families.

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