Sunak plan to grill Scottish civil servants is akin to show trials, say SNP

Sunak plan to grill Scottish civil servants is akin to show trials, say SNP
Tory leadership contenders Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will take part in a hustings in Perth on Tuesday.

Plans by Tory leadership candidate Rishi Sunak to compel Scotland’s top civil servant to appear before a Westminster committee annually have been likened to “sinister show trials” by the SNP.

スナック氏, who trails rival リズ・トラス 世論調査で, said the Permanent Secretary would appear before the Public Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Committee at Westminster every year, in the same way that his 英国政府 counterpart does under his proposals to increase scrutiny of the スコットランド人 政府.

The announcement came ahead of the only hustings to be held north of the border in the race for No 10 火曜日に, as the candidates appear in パース.

Ms Truss also unveiled her plans for Scotland in the run-up to the event, as she vowed to give MSP parliamentary privilege, which would protect them from legal ramifications based on things said while in Parliament.

The candidates will take part in a hustings in Perth on Tuesday (Jeff Over/BBC/PA)
The candidates will take part in a hustings in Perth on Tuesday (Jeff Over/BBC/PA)

But the candidates have been accused of mounting “attacks” on devolution by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

“As for Sunak and Truss’s bids to outdo each other on trying to mount further attacks on devolution, it just shows how out of touch they are," 彼は言った.

“Their plans to demand Scottish civil servants are forced to be grilled by Westminster committees amount to little more than sinister show trials, but also speaks volumes about their lack of confidence in Tory MSPs to do the job of scrutinising Government.

“People across Scotland have had more than enough of this Tory Government – and the only way to escape Westminster chaos and corruption is with independence.

Jackie Baillie said, regardless of the victor, it would be ‘more of the same’ from the UK Government (Fraser Bremner/Daily Mail/PA)
Jackie Baillie said, regardless of the victor, it would be ‘more of the same’ from the UK Government (Fraser Bremner/Daily Mail/PA)

“The evidence is clear – independent countries comparable to Scotland are happier, healthier and wealthier than the UK.

“During the cost of living crisis, many neighbouring countries have capped energy price increases, cut VAT on bills and offered meaningful financial support to the most vulnerable, the UK Tory Government has sat on its hands – and both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have said nothing.

“Whoever wins this leadership contest, Scotland loses. That’s why we need the full powers of independence to banish Westminster Governments Scotland doesn’t vote for and to deliver for the people who live here.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the biggest cause of division in Scotland was the Conservative Party.

“The single biggest driver of division in Scotland is the Tory Party in Westminster,” Sir Keir said during a visit to the Nationwide Building Society headquarters in Swindon.

“I want to hold our UK together, I want to make a positive case for the UK as we go forward.

“The problem with the Tories is that they’re part of the problem because so many people of Scotland do not want to be associated with a Tory Government back in Westminster.”

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