An SNP-Green coalition would threaten Scotland’s economy and be an affront to the electorate. As both parties work on the details of a possible deal, no one ever thought we’d usher in the dangerous nonsense like the one we face. This has led to worries about how much of the Greens’ agenda she is prepared to accept, the latest being fears that the country’s biggest infrastructure projects – the multi-billion pound upgrades to the A9 and A96 roads – could be stalled because of opposition from environmentalists. The Greens do not believe in economic growth in the accepted sense of the term and they would shut down all North Sea oil and gas activity – an issue which, in spite of the rush to alternative power sources, is still part of the nationalists’ DNA. That, say Tory MSPs, would threaten 100,000 jobs. The Greens would also severely curtail Scotland’s huge salmon farming sector, which is the UK’s biggest food export. An SNP-Green coalition wouldn’t just be an economic danger to Scotland. It would be a democratic affront to the electorate. It is born out of the grandiose, but largely unworkable, theories of those who dreamed up devolution. They positively wished coalitions on us, such as the Labour and Lib Dem partnerships we had at first. But nobody ever thought we’d be ushering in the dangerous nonsense like the one we now face.
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