The Scottish Conservatives have criticised the new nationalist SNP-Green Government, warning that the “coalition of chaos” will “risk Scotland’s recovery.”
In the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, Douglas Ross said “this is not a deal that works for Scotland, it's a deal that works for Nicola Sturgeon.”
The Scottish Conservative Leader added that the SNP Government had put its push for another referendum before everything else, including the government’s priorities for the next year and an NHS recovery plan.
He said Sturgeon “introduced an anti-jobs, anti-business ideology” at the heart of government, all because she missed out on a majority in the recent election and needed help to ramp up her push to separate Scotland.
As ministerial positions were handed to Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, who have both criticised “endless economic growth”, Douglas Ross said that the “economic case for independence now seems to be based on harming businesses and cutting Scottish jobs.”
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “This is a nationalist coalition with one overriding goal – separating Scotland from the UK. Yet again a divisive referendum has come first, as it always does for this government.
“It's a simple fact that Nicola Sturgeon made this nationalist deal her priority over a Programme for Government, which should have been announced this week, and a flimsy NHS recovery plan that was more of a PR pamphlet.
“Once again, the SNP’s priorities are all wrong. They've turned their backs on jobs, our economy, the oil and gas industry, and car drivers.
“This is not a deal that works for Scotland, it's a deal that works for Nicola Sturgeon. She failed to get a majority and this is the consequence.
“This coalition of chaos will hammer everyone who works hard. Everyone who runs a business. Everyone who owns a vehicle.
“When we need economic growth to deliver more jobs and more funding for our public services, the SNP has brought in Green MSPs who hold the most extreme economic views of any Scottish Government minister since devolution.
“The economic case for independence now seems to be based on harming businesses and cutting Scottish jobs.
“At the heart of her government, Nicola Sturgeon has introduced an anti-jobs, anti-business ideology that will risk Scotland’s recovery.
“The 100,000 jobs in our oil and gas industry will be put at risk by the SNP’s ‘change of direction’ to abandon our oil and gas industry in favour of a nationalist deal.”