The SNP‘s leader in Westminster Ian Blackford charged BBC‘s Naga Munchetty with repeating Conservative Party attack lines on Scotland during a fiery clash on BBC Breakfast this morning. Mr Blackford said that Munchetty’s rhetoric during their interview “flies into the rhetoric we get from the Tories that we are too wee, too poor, and too stupid”. The pair clashed over the amount Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland rely on the UK Government under Boris Johnson for financial support.
Munchetty spoke about the level of assistance that the UK Government had handed out to Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic.
She also mentioned today’s announcement of £100million provided to the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland in government investment.
During a clash over the amount of money, the BBC Breakfast host said: “You wouldn’t get anything if you weren’t part of the union though, would you?”
This sparked a furious response from Ian Blackford, who urged Munchetty to “reflect” on her comment.
He said: “Well, you know, I think people might want to reflect on a comment such as that.
“That kind of flies into the rhetoric we get from the Tories that we are too wee, too poor, and too stupid.
“If you look at the economic success of Ireland, of Denmark, of Norway, I think we would do pretty well as an independent country.
“If we had control and the ability, we would be able to grow our country and to take account of the climate challenge we face.”
Tourism, infrastructure, innovation, energy and skills will be targeted for funding.
The funding was announced as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepared to make a series of visits in Scotland.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has also promised £4.6billion in direct support to the Scottish Government during the pandemic crisis.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack has pointed out that the UK Government’s furlough and self-employed schemes have saved 900,000 jobs in Scotland.