Rural Scotland needs more than empty promises

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott today said that SNP Ministers should use the powers they already have to help rural Scotland rather than making more empty promises of support.

Shetland MSP Mr Scott was speaking after the Scottish Government pledged to create a Rural Connectivity Commission in the event of a vote for independence.

Commenting, Mr Scott said:

"Scottish Government Ministers have systematically taken power away from rural communities and pushed through reforms that have led to the closure of key public services like local Police stations and courts. People in rural areas will take these latest promises with a very substantial pinch of salt.

“The Northern Isles Digital Forum brings together broadband organisations and local people to develop solutions to Island needs. Alistair Carmichael, Liam McArthur and I have worked to make sure that the UK and Scottish Government investment works for the islands.

“Perhaps instead of yet another independence bribe, the Nationalists could use the power they have had for 7 years as a government rather than simply make more empty promises. People in places like Shetland need to see Ministers using the powers they already have to deliver for rural Scotland."

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