Oil, energy and fuel poverty (Neil Sutherland)
Much blame has been thrown on the SNP recently regarding the oil price falling and what a disaster it would have been if we had gone it alone.
However, the SNP is definitely not responsible for the price falling. That is all OPEC’s desperate attempt to hold on to market share now that the USA is dumping its fracked oil onto the world market.
This would have happened if we had been independent or not. Things like this have happened before and will happen again but the overall price of oil in the long run is up. It is a finite resource that will run out eventually and, therefore, prices will rise again.
Scotland has, since 1920, been paying far more into the Westminster purse than it got back, more per head regards GDP and that was before oil was discovered. Oil is just icing on a very rich cake.
What is far more alarming than the oil price dropping is that despite four years of austerity, the Westminster-controlled UK debt has grown by £97 billion last year alone and now stands at £1,457 trillion.
We would have been better to cut our losses and run in 2014, taking nine per cent of a much smaller debt than wait to see how much bigger our nine per cent is when interest rates start growing which I predict will happen now our oil is no longer covering the minimum payment.
We can’t control what Westminster uses our joint credit card for and we don’t even have a card of our own. So, we will end up paying for luxuries Westminster wants: fast trains that don’t go to Scotland, new London sewers and new Tridents when we all know we can’t afford them.
It has been said that the SNP’s energy policy is the reason why food banks exist in Scotland. That makes absolutely no sense at all. If it was the case, then why are there food banks in the rest of the UK?