Responding to reports that the SNP conference is to debate plans to bring in a whisky levy, Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said:
“The SNP have been hitting the drink a bit too hard if they think that a tax on Scotland’s national drink will help our economy to flourish after the pandemic.
“We should be looking at ways to make Scottish produce more attractive, not hammering customers. These plans threaten to leave whisky producing areas with a colossal hangover.
“For fifteen years the Scottish economy has limped along, falling behind other parts of the UK. A big part of the reason for that is that it has been governed by people who think that policies like this are a good idea.”