Wed 5 Oct, 2022

Prime Minister Liz Truss’s speech to the Tory conference signals a ‘dark day’ for the climate and will send a shiver down the spines of all those living in low income households, say the Scottish Greens.

Gillian Mackay MSP, business manager for the Scottish Greens, said:

“Liz Truss made it abundantly clear that she and her shameless, self-obsessed government care only about tax cuts for the super rich, handing our bankers' bonuses and trashing the planet.

“There was nothing in the Prime Minister’s speech about helping the poor, about reversing the grotesque damage inflicted by a decade of Tory austerity, or unpicking the devastation they have already caused to the economy. 

“Instead all we heard were policies to buy off her own Cabinet who know - despite their faux smiles to camera - that she simply is not up to the job. 

“Her speech was less Iron Lady than lead balloon. She has no answers, she has no plans - instead she directed her half hearted barbs at unions, at the media, at the Scottish Government and climate campaigners - all those fighting against her cruel regime.

“It speaks volumes that the biggest cheer coming from the Tories was not for their leader, but as two climate protestors from Greenpeace who unfurled a banner asking ‘Who Voted For This’ were huckled from the hall by security. 

“It truly was a dark day for the climate when she celebrated being the party of fracking, of oil and gas, of unproven nuclear technology - but it is she and her party who will eventually be held accountable for robbing children of their future. 

“The Prime Minister and her cronies talk about a new approach, but this was yet more of the same old Tories: cruel, out of touch and helping only the rich. It will send a shiver down the spines of all those struggling to make ends meet.

“If she thinks this is the way to see the country moving on up, she is sadly mistaken.”

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