Fury as laughing Cameron brands Scots ‘stupid’

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By G.A.Ponsonby

David Cameron has provoked outrage after appearing to describe Scots as stupid during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons.

The PM was responding to a question from SNP MP Angus MacNeil who cited a recent poll showing 68 per cent of Scots were in favour of North Sea oil revenues coming under the control of Holyrood.

Asked by Mr MacNeil for his views on the poll and whether he agreed, Mr Cameron responded by implying that the answer given by the respondents was stupid.

To howls of laughter from Labour, Tory and Lib Dem politicians in the House Mr Cameron said: “If you ask a stupid question you get a stupid answer.”

An angry Mr MacNeil claimed that not since the days of Margaret Thatcher had a UK PM showed such disdain for Scots.

The SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar said: “I was astonished that the Prime Minister laughed at the hopes and aspirations of seven out of ten Scots.

“More revealing was that he was joined in this mockery of Scotland by many Labour as well as Tory MPs. It is small wonder that these parties are on a continuing downward spiral of Scotland for ignoring the will of the Scottish people.

“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.”

The row comes on the day newly published documents reveal that past Labour and Tory government’s downplayed the benefits of North Sea oil in order to thwart the growing support for independence.

The revelations are contained in documents published by leading oil economist Professor Alex Kemp, who has spent a decade trawling through government files for the project.

Cameron ‘stupid’ remark

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