By Lynn Malone
Nicola Sturgeon launched a scathing attack on Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, ahead of a speech he will give at Glasgow University today.
Mr Moore will deliver his speech at the institute for Public Policy Research but the Deputy First Minister has hit out at the cost of decision making powers in Westminster saying they are “crystal clear.”
Ms Sturgeon said the evidence shows the benefits of having decision making powers in Scotland and the cost for Scotland when they are left in Westminster’s hands.
“At the heart of this campaign is the reality that the people of Scotland benefit most when decisions about Scotland are taken in Scotland. Whatever the No campaign say the evidence is crystal clear.
“With the decision making powers Scotland has already we have been able to protect free higher education despite the Lib Dems decision to inflict tuition fees on students in England – but without a Yes vote in 2014 we cannot stop nuclear weapons on our shores or billions of pounds being spent on a Trident replacement despite the overwhelming opposition of the people of Scotland,” she said.
Miss Sturgeon accused Mr Moore and his colleagues of walking away from the key commitments they made in Scotland to take power at Westminster. She said it highlights the risk taken by sticking with a Westminster system.
“With the decision making powers Scotland has we can prevent the creeping privatisation of the NHS that is happening in the rest of the UK – but without a Yes vote in 2014 we cannot stop the cuts to household budgets and the pain being felt by those bearing the brunt of the bedroom tax.
“With the decision making powers Scotland has we can choose to support our elderly with free personal care – but without a Yes vote in 2014 we do not have the powers to stop Danny Alexander’s drastic cuts to capital budgets that are putting our economy at risk.” She said.
The Deputy Minister said the No campaign couldn’t explain why the people of Scotland should continue to face policies put in place by a government they didn’t vote for.
She said: “Scotland is more than wealthy enough to be a fairer and more prosperous society. It is only with full responsibility in Scotland following a Yes vote and independence that we will truly be able to protect the people of Scotland by taking decisions for Scotland, in Scotland.”
In advance extracts from his speech Mr Moore attacks the SNP saying: “…they are trying to de-risk, deflect and distract from the challenges and realities that would face an independent Scotland. That Strategy will not hold” the Scotsman reports.