WESTERN Isles MP Angus MacNeil has reacted with astonishment after Prime Minister David Cameron branded the opinion of 68% Scots expressed in a poll last week as ‘stupid’.
Referencing the ‘State of the Nation’ poll, conducted by Angus Reid and published in last week’s Sunday Express, which found that 68% of Scots believe that North Sea oil revenue should be allocated to Scotland; SNP MP MacNeil asked the Prime Minister if he agreed.
David Cameron said the question and answer were “stupid”.
Commenting, Mr MacNeil said: “I was astonished that the Prime Minister laughed at the hopes and aspirations of seven out of ten Scots.
“Of course, the London-led party politicians are quite happy to pocket the money from Scotland’s oil. But whilst they ignore the will of the Scottish people their poll ratings reach new lows.
“This cavalier conduct by the Tory/Lib Dem Treasury over increased taxation without consultation in the North Sea underlines that the oil and gas industry is too important to be left in the hands of the UK government.
“No wonder our opponents are on the run when they want Westminster to keep control of this important job creating industry,” he added.