Blackford torn apart for using UK poverty data to make independence call: ‘Hot air!’

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The analysis from the House of Commons Library found the UK has 11.7 percent of people living in relative poverty under internationally accepted measures. This puts Britain behind all 13 neighbouring countries in north west Europe.

Britain is behind the likes of Iceland at 4.9 percent and Ireland at nine percent.

Germany was found to have 10.4 percent of their population in poverty.

Following the publication of the data, the SNP said the figures show the UK has a significantly higher poverty rate than the average for independent countries of Scotland’s size.

Now Ian Blackford – the leader of the SNP in the House of Commons – has taken to Twitter to demand Scottish independence.

He tweeted: “The cost of being part of the UK for folk in Scotland.

“Being part of the UK has led to unacceptable levels of poverty.

“Scotland can do better.

“We are mitigating the worst effects but we need independence to do more.”

However, Mr Blackford was met with criticism with people asking him what he is going to do about it.

One person tweeted: “A lot of the people in England are sick to death of you blathering on about how bad your lot is under Westminster, and would love to give you independence.

“So you could show how you are going to pay for all the freebies the southeast currently fund.”

Another added: “Thanks for that Ian but what are you going to do about it?

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“You are very good at the rhetoric but I don’t see you or the SNP doing a damn thing about it.

“Why are you not out leafleting the public telling them what the WMG are up to?

“Get the finger out now.”

Someone else said: “The prospect of an independent Scotland run by the SNP is terrifying.

“Their record in managing the limited devolved powers for which they are directly responsible is appalling.”

A fourth person wrote: “Naught but a bladder of hot air.

“Talk is cheap but these nationalists have absolutely no desire to push the button in their lifetimes.”

The data came as Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed plans to slash Universal Credit payments by £1,040 a year from September.

Scottish MP David Linden, the SNP Work and Pensions spokesperson, demanded an urgent U-turn from the Government.

He said: “Rishi Sunak’s plans to slash Universal Credit payments by £1,040 a year for six million families and impose a public sector pay freeze, will inevitably make this crisis even worse and push more people into hardships and deprivation.

“There must be an urgent U-turn.

“The cold hard reality is there will be no fair recovery at Westminster.

“The only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory cuts and build a fairer society is to become an independent country, with the full powers needed to secure a strong, fair and equal recovery and eradicate poverty.”

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