Nicola Sturgeon has started up a “nationalist Project Fear” by inventing a “wild conspiracy theory” that the UK is trying to make Scotland poorer, the Scottish Conservatives have said.
The last two years have seen the UK Government deliver the largest Scottish Budget ever, a furlough scheme that saved over a million Scottish jobs, and a world-leading vaccination scheme that the SNP didn’t want to be involved in originally.
However, in her SNP conference speech on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said that the UK wants to “damage” Scotland and claimed “by making us poorer, they’ll say we can’t afford to be independent.”
Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Donald Cameron MSP, said: “This speech - another one headlined by independence – might work wonders with the extreme elements of the nationalist base. But it does nothing for Scotland.
“Only the most fanatical SNP supporters will buy Nicola Sturgeon’s wild conspiracy theory that the UK is trying to make Scotland poorer when the Scottish Budget is at a record high, the UK furlough scheme has saved a million Scottish jobs, and the UK vaccine scheme has protected the health of millions of Scots.
“Instead of focusing on the NHS crisis and protecting jobs, Nicola Sturgeon has invented her own nationalist Project Fear. To distract from the SNP’s domestic failings, she’s ramping up division.
“The SNP leader also dusted off the infamous ‘Arc of Prosperity’ to try and drum up some kind of economic case for separating Scotland in the middle of a crisis, when we need the strength and security of the United Kingdom more than ever.
“At some stage, Nicola Sturgeon is going to have to find something new to say.
“We are building Scotland’s real alternative to an SNP Government that looks more tired by the day.”