Opposition politicians are denying the result of the 2021 Holyrood election by opposing a Scottish independence referendum, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.
In labeling Douglas Ross, Anas Sarwar and Alex-Cole Hamilton as behaving like Donald Trump who claimed – without any basis – that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen, the spokesman, speaking directly on behalf of the prime minister, said the main opposition parties “trying to pretend they won an election they lost”.
Pressed about what exactly the opposition had done besides “pushing their gums” to deny the election result, the spokesman said “they are trying to deny the reality of an election result in a free and fair democracy”. Asked to clarify if he said they were “denying the 2021 result” he said “well they appear to be”.
Critics said the SNP has resorted to cranking up “incendiary rhetoric” and that the reaction to the defeat was becoming an “embarrassing spectacle”. Scottish Labor demanded an apology for the “absurd” comments.
In 2020, supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol building after weeks of baseless claims that the election that saw Democratic nominee Joe Biden become president had been “rigged.” No party in Holyrood has made similar allegations about the 2021 election.
In response to questions about opposition criticism of rhetoric, the official spokesman said: “The only people who act like Donald Trump are the unionist politicians who are trying to pretend they won an election they lost.
He added: “There is a clear denial of democracy at play. They throw the Trump jibes around, I’m just saying the only people who act like Donald Trump are people who try to deny the reality of election results.
“They are trying to deny the reality of an election result in a free and fair democracy.”
The spokesperson labeled criticism of the Prime Minister’s ‘democracy denial’ rhetoric as ‘ridiculous’ and that the opposition was blocking a referendum by ‘everything they say about it’.
He also criticized opposition parties’ suggestion that voting for the SNP in the Holyrood 2021 election did not favor an independence referendum and was instead about Ms Sturgeon’s leadership during Covid-19.
He said: “It is beyond absurd to say, you have written about it and broadcasted about it day in and day out throughout the election campaign, indyref, indyref, indyref, indyref. It’s beyond absurd for you or anyone else… for anyone to suggest that people didn’t know that voting for the SNP or even the Greens, because they included it in their manifesto in the last election, was not an option. voice was. for an independence referendum.
“The Tory rhetoric and the opposition rhetoric, especially the Tory rhetoric about their electoral material, as the FM said in the Chamber, also made it clear. They couldn’t have been clearer.
“Let’s refrain from this rewriting of history, because it’s annoying.”
The comment came after SNP defense spokesman in Westminster, Stewart McDonald, attacked the use of “prisoner” or “chained” rhetoric. The Prime Minister has used these words in answers to questions since the defeat of the Supreme Court.
He said: “So while the court has made it clear that the consent aspect of the union is with Westminster, we must avoid being locked up or shackled. Our campaign is not a struggle for liberation, but one of democratic, social and economic renewal and empowerment.”
He also expressed doubts about the effectiveness of a “de facto referendum”, imploring colleagues to ensure that any route was “legal, democratic and sound” and “must do what it says on the tin: it must be able to lead to independence”. .
A spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats said the SNP had resorted to “calling”.[ling] to the incendiary rhetoric”. They said, “This is going to be an embarrassing spectacle for the nationalists. It sounds like the prime minister’s spokesman needs a chamomile tea and lies down. Maybe then he can advise his boss to go back to work to end school strikes and tackle long waiting times for NHS treatment.”
A Scottish Labor spokesperson demanded an apology. They said, “This is a really stupid statement. No credible person can think that the Prime Minister genuinely believes this. Her spokesperson should withdraw these absurd comments and apologize.”
Donald Cameron, the spokesman for the Scottish Tory Constitution, said the Scots do not want another independence referendum and that the SNP was “denying democracy” by “refusing[ing] to accept the result of the 2014 referendum.
He said: “The provocative language of Nicola Sturgeon’s spokesperson and the absurd claims about opposition parties reflect badly on her.
“These wild comments are a reminder of what to expect should there be another referendum – and they explain why so many Scots fear another ugly, divisive campaign that would once again divide families and friends.”