From SNP Media today:
The SNP has said “Scotland’s recovery is far too important to leave in Westminster’s hands” – as Boris Johnson tells his Cabinet to prepare for cuts.
The Prime Minister has ordered Tory Cabinet Ministers to undertake a “savings and efficiency” review of UK government departments ahead of the Spending Review.
It follows the Tory decision to impose a public sector pay freeze, Universal Credit cuts, and tax hikes on millions of workers at the Budget in March.
Meanwhile, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack is one of five Tory Cabinet Ministers who have joined a new hard-right lobby group called the Free Market Forum, which aims to “make the case for a return to a smaller state… as soon as possible”. The other members include Home Secretary Priti Patel, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, and Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey.
Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP said:
“It’s now beyond doubt that Boris Johnson is paving the way to impose another decade of devastating Tory austerity cuts against Scotland’s will.
“Scotland’s recovery is far too important to be left in Westminster’s hands. By voting SNP on 6th May we can put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, so we can build a strong, fair and green recovery and a more equal society.
“We all know what happened after the last economic crash. Instead of building a fairer society, the Tories imposed a decade of cuts and Brexit, pushing millions of people into poverty and causing long-term harm to Scotland’s economy.
“The Tories have already begun imposing cuts, yet again, with a public sector pay freeze, tax hikes and Universal Credit cuts at the UK Budget – hitting millions of people, and squeezing Scotland’s budget.
“Now hard-right Tory Cabinet hawks are looking to go further by cutting back our public services ‘as soon as possible’ and cementing inequality for decades to come.
“Scotland must not sleep-walk into another decade of Tory austerity – and only by casting both votes for the SNP on 6th May can we re-elect Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister and build a fair recovery with Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.”
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