'SNP are Marxists', says Conservative MP

Owen Paterson accused Scotland of "treating the English like some piggy bank that can be raided"

Doug Bolton@DougieBolton
Sunday 10 May 2015 17:59
North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson called the SNP "Marxists", who treat England like a "piggy bank that can be raided"
North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson called the SNP "Marxists", who treat England like a "piggy bank that can be raided"

A Tory MP has branded the SNP "Marxists" in an interview with Sky News.

Owen Paterson made the comment while speaking to Dominic Murnaghan about the issue of English votes for English laws.

Pointing to the Welsh border, which was just behind him, he said: "There are decisions made on health in Wales by a bad Labour government in Cardiff that affect me right up here in Shropshire and I can do nothing about it."

Speaking about the devolution given to Wales and Scotland, he said: "We always knew this was asymmetrical, and what has happened is the Scottish referendum has woken the English up to that."

Leaflets and badges at the 2013 conference of Radical Independence, the left-wing pro-independence political group

He then accuses the "Scots", as he refers to them throughout the interview, of treating England like "some piggy bank that can be raided so that excessive amount of money are taken from England without responsibility."

According to Paterson, this means that "the Scots can run around promising free healthcare, free holidays to Lanzarote and expect the English to pay."

He suggested that Scotland be granted full fiscal responsibility, so that taxes and spending can be fully accountable to the Scottish parliament, saying it would "re-establish that link with how you vote."

He said the Scottish electorate would think very carefully in such a scenario: "Are you going to vote for, effectively, a Marxist SNP, or would you vote for a prudent Scottish Conservative party offering lower taxes and better service?"

Given that the SNP now hold all but three of Scotland's 59 seats, the answer to Paterson's question seems obvious.

Paterson was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs until July 2014, and was re-elected to the safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire in last week's general election with a majority of around 17,000 votes.

He is married to Rose Ridley, the daughter of Matthew Ridley, 4th Viscount Ridley, a nobleman and former Lord Steward.

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