Oil price slump sparks ref­er­en­dum war of words

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Ruther­glen has called for the SNP to apol­o­gise for “de­ceiv­ing” vot­ers over oil rev­enues prior to last Septem­ber’s ref­er­en­dum on Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice for Bud­get Re­spon­si­bil­ity yes­ter­day re­vealed a fur­ther col­lapse of the rev­enues to an es­ti­mated £130mil­lion.

Tay­lor Muir said: “Th­ese new oil fig­ures only serve to demon­strate the shock­ing scale of the SNP’s de­ceit be­fore the ref­er­en­dum.

“Ev­ery­one can now see that Scot­land is more able to in­vest in the schools in our area and ad­dress­ing the prob­lems at Glas­gow’s su­per hos­pi­tal be­cause we pool and share re­sources across the UK.

“The SNP con­tinue to cam­paign for in­de­pen­dence and full fis­cal au­ton­omy de­spite the over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence that it would weaken Scot­land’s econ­omy.”

SNP can­di­date Clare Haughey said: “I think the Tories are the ones who must apol­o­gise over Scot­land’s oil rev­enues.

“Mr Muir’s party should be ut­terly em­bar­rassed that they did not save a sin­gle penny of our oil re­ceipts dur­ing their terms in gov­ern­ment over the last 40 years.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s oil price fore­casts were in line with many other in­ter­na­tional pro­jec­tions, whilst the UK Gov­ern­ment them­selves forecast even higher oil prices.”

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