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Saturday 24th March 2012 | 14:45
SNP press release
Commenting on Ruth Davidson’s speech to the Scottish Tory conference, SNP MSP Chic Brodie said Scotland deserves more than a short speech with little vision for Scotland.
The MSP for South Scotland said:
“This short speech failed to present anything new to Scottish voters. The so-called ‘positive case for the Union’ has fallen flat at the first hurdle – first we had Lord Trimble’s tasteless, ill-informed and ill-advised comments about Scotland, and now we have Ruth Davidson’s complete and utter failure to offer any new positive vision for our country.
“She also failed to say where she now stands on more powers for Scotland, which is perhaps no surprise after her ‘line in the sand’ comments about the Scotland Bill were swept away by David Cameron’s vague promises of ‘something else’ if people vote No to independence.
“But such vague promises of jam tomorrow from a Tory Prime Minister will only succeed in encouraging more Scots to vote Yes to independence, as will Ruth Davidson’s own recent comments that a No vote could be followed by Tory cuts to Scotland’s cash.
“Scotland also deserves to know what role Tory adviser Andrew Dunlop will have in the party’s campaign to save the Union. This man, who helped usher in the poll tax to Scotland, has apparently been recruited with a ‘special remit to help defeat independence’.
“As such, the comments Ms Davidson made in her speech that her party is a ‘new and invigorated one’ are simply false – they are the same old Tories, who cannot and should not be trusted with Scotland’s future.
“If a lacklustre speech with little vision for Scotland is the best the new leader of the Scottish Tories can do, the SNP is looking forward to even more people in Scotland opting for home rule with independence rather than Tory Westminster rule.
"The people of Scotland deserve much more than a short speech with little imagination for the future of their country.”