by Colin Campbell
GRIEVANCE girl Kate Forbes turned into a charity queen yesterday as she announced that some council taxpayers will receive £150 from the SNP Government to help pay their bills.
A hundred and fifty quid? I suppose it’s better than nothing. But not much.
She’s spent the past two years demanding more, more, more from the UK Government as billions were poured across the border for furlough money and other pandemic support.
But when it comes to displaying her own largesse she dispenses a paltry amount of small change that the vast majority of people even on the lowest incomes will hardly even notice.
How far will £150 go for anyone, unless you’re sleeping beneath an underpass and can use it to buy some extra cider.
What do Forbes and the SNP think this will achieve? Buy a few votes in the upcoming May elections?
What it will not do is divert attention from her role in the SNP pensions scandal.
Forbes, Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford have actually got off very lightly in this wretched affair.
They have been “subjected to criticism” because they want to drag us into independence without knowing who’ll pay our pensions.
People instead should be raging at them. And I’m glad to see some people at least are.
Before launching their “spring offensive” on independence, this trio haven’t even bothered to do their homework on pensions, which it goes without saying are as important to many people as the sun that warms them and the air that they breathe.
We know they don’t know who would pay our pensions after their “any price is worth paying for independence” because they’re in wholesale disagreement with each other about it.
Sturgeon last week said that she agreed with Blackford and Forbes that taxpayers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland would be “obligated” to pay the pensions of a foreign country, ie Scotland.
And then two days ago she disagreed and said it would be “a matter of negotiation at the point of independence”.
But neither Forbes nor Blackford have said they now agree with Sturgeon.
So they haven’t a bloody clue.
Their casual recklessness, which is utterly infuriating to those affected personally, is beneath contempt.
But they don’t care because they won’t have any money troubles in the years ahead. That’s guaranteed.
Forbes announced this week that she’s pregnant. There’ll be no reliance on baby boxes in that particular household.
The favoured few in the lucrative “independence industry” are feathering their nests on the back of it, and there are plenty feathers to go round. No wonder they don’t need to bother about pensions.
A payout of a hundred and fifty quid is for the little people. And shouldn’t we be grateful for these crumbs of comfort.
To put it in context, their prime Westminster fatcat Ian Blackford claimed up to a quarter of a million pounds in one year in expenses.
So he claims six times that £150 payout in expenses alone EVERY WORKING DAY.
And yet he and his other bloated cronies in the SNP expect us to be grateful for it.
And how far would £150 go for the Podcast King, who’s also no slouch in raking it in at Westminster from a system he claims to loathe?
Drew Hendry used to be just the best MP on Twitter we’ve ever had. Now he’s the podcast supremo as well. He’s inordinately proud of these things, in which he chats with his SNP pals.
Fiddling about with knobs and microphones, complete with a jangly musical introduction, may be the absolute highlight of his week. But not all his constituents appreciate his priorities.
If we’d wanted some kind of DJ/radio producer for our MP we’d have elected someone from MFR.
And these are the “just trust us” people who want to lead us into the land of milk and honey.
The Podcast King, the ex-trainee accountant, the simple 10 acres crofter, and the liar to top them all, Nicola Sturgeon.
And never mind if after independence you end up without a pension, or only half of what you expected.
Kate Forbes can be relied on to send you a hundred and fifty quid.
Just crumbs for the little people. Whose interests they aren’t interested in and whose post independence ruination wouldn’t cause them to turn a hair.