SNP Treasury Spokesman Stewart Hosie MP has described the latest revelations of the lengths to which both Labour and Conservative Government’s went to keep Scotland from her oil wealth as showing the level of “deceit and desperation” in the UK Government.
New archive material in today’s Times reveal plans to delay devolution, to manipulate the politics of Shetland and Orkney and to redraw offshore boundaries.
Commenting on the papers Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie said:
“The UK Government has conspired to keep Scotland from her oil wealth and her independence for over 30 years.
“These new revelations of plots and plans to change the border, delay devolution and manipulate the position of Shetland and Orkney expose the lengths to which successive UK Governments have gone.
“There is now a long list of deceitful steps taken by the Labour and Tory Governments that have deprived the Scottish people of years of future wealth.
“Where we now see a UK Government dragging Scotland into recession and cutting Scotland’s funding to pay for their record levels of debt, Norway’s oil fund is worth over £200 billion and is not just supporting Norway’s economy but is helping Norway support its neighbours.
“That Gordon Brown is now being advised on the financial crisis by one of the mandarins behind these plans only adds to the bittersweet irony of these revelations.
“It is no wonder there is less trust in the UK Government than in Scottish politicians.
“As recent figures have shown an independent Scotland with her oil and gas reserves would move from being Europe’s 10th wealthiest nation to Europe’s third wealthiest nation.
“As Labour and Tory politicians knew at the time – Scots could have seen income 25-30% higher over the last 30 years.
“We should not let the deceits and desperation of Labour and Tories in years gone by stop Scotland standing up and claiming what is rightfully hers for the future.
“That’s why the SNP Governmment will bring a referendum bill forward and the Scottish people must be given their opportunity to vote for independence in 2010.”