Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) today committed the SNP to an election campaign overflowing with optimism and hope.
The First Minister said now, more than ever, experienced leadership was required to protect Scotland.
And she said Scotland’s recovery should be in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.
Ms Sturgeon said:
“On May the 6th I am asking the people of Scotland to put their trust in me and an SNP government to lead our country through the pandemic and into recovery.
“Now more than ever is a time for experienced leadership and government as we continue with the most important task we have: keeping Scotland safe.
“The other parties have made it very clear over these past few weeks that they are not interested in governing or leading.
“Our campaign will be the polar opposite.
“It will be about raising up, not tearing down.
“It will be overflowing with optimism and hope for a better Scotland.
“Over these next six weeks we will set out our plans to protect the NHS, for a National Care Service and to protect and create jobs as we get on with the job of building a better Scotland.
“That optimism, hope and sense of possibility is founded on a total belief in the abilities and talents of all the people who live here.
“That why I believe Scotland’s recovery should be in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s.
“That means the people of Scotland have the right to decide their future in an independence referendum when the Covid crisis is over.
“If Westminster maintains control the real risk is they will wreck Scotland’s recovery with their austerity agenda, job-destroying hard Brexit and growing threat to our NHS.
“With independence we’ll have a recovery made in Scotland and we’ll have the powers needed to build a fairer and more prosperous country.
“To vote for that right to decide your future – and to join together in our national mission to build that better country – make it both votes SNP on May the 6th.”