Rishi Sunak and his climate-wrecking government are on a road to nowhere

While the world burns and people struggle with the cost of living crisis, the UK Prime Minister has chosen to champion road users, inequality and turn on people at their most vulnerable

Rishi Sunak’s first speech to the Tory party conference as Prime Minister offered nothing to ease the burden on people being hit by soaring household bills and or tackle the climate crisis, say the Scottish Greens.

His crackdown on those claiming disability benefits and obsession with road building will only make matters worse, they said, while attacks on refugees and trans-people will serve only to stoke culture wars.

Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater said: “The Prime Minister offered cold comfort to the millions of people suffering as a result of the cost of living crisis that this government has inflicted and that is hurting people and families all across our country every day.

“There was nothing to help the households that are being punished by sky high interest rates and bills, and nothing to support vulnerable people through the cold winter ahead.

“The world is burning around us, but he offered no solutions to the climate crisis. This is a government that is doubling down on fossil fuels and doing untold damage that will endure for generations to come.

“Instead we got all of the same old Tory. From demonising trade unions to attacking refugees and trans people, this is the same old Tory Party dancing to the same prejudiced tunes. It is the most vulnerable people who will pay the price for their disgraceful culture war.

“After 13 years of cruelty, cuts and failure, this Tory government is tired and broken on a road to nowhere. Sunak talked of a broken political system, but of course it is broken when people like Alister Jack try to undermine democracy at every turn.

“And over the course of this conference we have seen the Tories at their very worst. 

“From Suella Braverman’s stomach churning attacks on refugees and vulnerable people seeking asylum to the baseless conspiracy theories about meat taxes and bins, this is a broken government that is totally unfit for office.

“If anyone was ever in doubt about the need for Scottish independence, they need only look to events of Manchester these past few days to understand we need it more urgently than ever. 

“Scotland deserved better than this, and we will continue to fight for climate, and end to child poverty and to mitigate this dreadful cost of living crisis every way we can.”