Obviously here clever attack on the Governments housing bill probably gets the most coverage.
“My housing [in London] is subsidised by the state … but in this budget the chancellor abolished any housing benefit for anyone under the age of 21,” she said. “We are now in the ridiculous situation whereby, because I am an MP, not only am I the youngest, but I am also the only 20-year-old in the whole of the UK who the chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”
But to me the important part when commenting he SNP’s landslide in Scotland in May’s general election, in which Labour was reduced to one MP, she said:
“The SNP did not triumph on a wave of nationalism; in fact nationalism has nothing to do with what happened in Scotland. We triumphed on a wave of hope – hope that there is something better than the Thatcherite neoliberal policies that come from this chamber.”
And that important because it reflects much of the effect of last years referendum campaign which although it was lost saw people believing a better Scotland was possible and Independence was the way to it not out of crude ethnicity or Anti-English feelings but Scotland was already a Nation and now the people of Scotland should be in control.
But look at Wales where Plaid argue that Wales is not economically ready for Independence . How can they argue this when the Thatcherite neoliberal policies that Mhari Black was talking about whether Tory or Labour from Westminster will always mean we are Poor West Britons rather than a vibrant Independent Nations.
We need to emulate the "Wave of Hope" that came in the initial disappointment of the NO vote in Scotland and we need to start now.