WESTMINSTER CONTROL IN SCOTLAND MEANS CUTS, NOT CASH FOR PUBLIC SERVICES
The SNP has described Anas Sarwar as an apologist for Westminster Tory cuts and that he is ‘airbrushing austerity’ as he argued that Westminster has kept Scotland’s public services funded – despite more than a decade of Tory cuts.
The Scottish Labour leader said that the Chancellor’s windfall tax announcement was an argument for Westminster control in Scotland – even though 90% of the revenue generated will come from oil and gas extraction in Scotland.
Commenting, SNP MSP Michelle Thomson said: “Scotland’s public services have suffered more than a decade of Tory cuts, but now Anas Sarwar has become an apologist for those cuts and airbrushing austerity by incredibly arguing that Westminster control has kept public services funded.
“The windfall tax is once again Westminster using Scotland as its cash cow whenever it feels like it, as 90% of the revenue will come from profits made in Scotland.
“That is what the people of Scotland get under Westminster control – cuts to services and then banking on our resources to prop them up when they need it.
“Anas Sarwar’s Labour party failed to capitalise on Scotland’s oil and gas sector and that legacy is being felt now with thousands of households in fuel poverty and terrified to open their bills when they land on their doorstep.
“This is not the first time we have seen Anas Sarwar cosy up to the Tories and, as his grubby deals with the Tories in councils across Scotland show, it will not be the last.”