• Kirsten

Tories and Labour have nothing to offer Scotland but insults

THE SNP have said the Tories and Labour have nothing to offer Scotland but insults, following the visits from Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer.

The Prime Minister said Margaret Thatcher’s coal mine closures were an "early start" on tackling cliamte change – despite the lasting damage they caused to Scotland. The “crass” comments received a backlash from across the country, including from the Scottish Tories.

The Prime Minister also refused to meet with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and confirmed on his visit that the UK Government would push ahead with social security cuts that the SNP say will leave half a million Scots poorer.

Meanwhile, the SNP said that Labour chief Starmer, while in Glasgow, "trashed" the city by claiming it had a "waste crisis" and wasn’t up to scratch to host COP26.

The SNP’s depute Westminster leader Kirsten Oswald MP (below) said: “Neither the Tories nor the Labour Party have anything positive to offer Scotland – and that is why they are continually rejected in election after election here. It speaks volumes that the Tory Party is now approaching 70 years of rejection in Scotland.

"This was made clear on their visits this week when both party leaders had only insults to give – proving again how out of touch they really are with the people of Scotland. Instead of putting forward real and meaningful policies that would make a difference to the people of Scotland, Boris Johnson praised Thatcher’s industrial policies – which caused devastation for Scottish communities – and confirmed austerity cuts that will hit half a million Scots, and Keir Starmer patronised the city of Glasgow.

“Both also insulted people’s intelligence by attempting to suggest Scotland’s enormous renewable energy potential couldn’t thrive without Westminster control, even though both the Tories and Labour have presided over a charging regime that holds the industry back.”

She added: “And to add insult to injury, both stood in the face of the Scottish electorate’s choice to deny the mandate for a referendum on recovery for Scotland.

“Indeed, opposition parties seem to be making the case for a referendum for recovery for Scotland without our help.

“The fact that Keir Starmer and Labour want Boris Johnson and Westminster to control the economic levers in the recovery period just underlines how out-of-touch Labour have become with Scotland.

“Even before the pandemic, the UK was the poor man amongst its neighbours in north west Europe with the lowest wealth per head, lowest post-work pensions, greatest inequality and highest poverty. This record shows exactly why it is the people in Scotland who should be in control of our recovery, not the Tories at Westminster.”