Thu 5 Dec, 2013

Scottish Greens say today's Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor George Osborne shows why Scotland would be wise to take the opportunity to set its own economic course.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow and Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, said:

"A further squeeze on welfare, encouragement of another property price bubble, and cutting the energy efficiency measures that actually reduce heating bills are the sort of wrong-headed decisions what we've come to expect from Osborne and his ilk. They are stuck in the past with tax breaks for shale drilling, funds for nuclear power and unfair tax breaks designed to moralise about marriage.

"With each statement from austerity-obsessed Tories and Libdems, and the lack of a proper alternative from Labour, the case grows stronger for Scotland taking responsibility and diverging from the UK's flawed economic model."

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