“I condemn the UK Government’s inaction amidst cost of living crisis”

Friday May 19th 2023


This View has been written by Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry SNP

I would like to express my deep concern and condemnation regarding the recent revelations that some parents have resorted to ‘stealing’ baby milk due to the unbearable cost of living crisis that has been exacerbated by the Tory Government’s policies.

In stark comparison the priorities of the ‘United Kingdom establishment’ seem very far detached from reality, and from the despair faced by people across the country. Take the recent Coronation ceremony for example, which showcased the vanity and extravagance of the monarchy while everyday families struggle to provide basic necessities for their children.

The stark contrast between these two events highlights a failure of the state, and an ever growing need for Scottish Independence.

It is utterly disgraceful that hardworking parents in our communities are being forced to ‘steal’ baby milk because they cannot afford it. The cost of living crisis has reached a point of desperation, and it is an absolute travesty that the UK Tory Government continues to turn a blind eye to the struggles of ordinary citizens. The UK Government must take immediate action to reduce energy bills, food prices and the extortionate rise in mortgage payments.

The priorities of this so called ‘United’ Kingdom were vividly displayed during the recent coronation ceremony, where excessive expenses were allocated for an event that holds little relevance to the daily lives of our struggling citizens. It is an insult to hardworking families across Midlothian that lavish funds can be used on such pomp and circumstance while basic necessities become luxuries for many.

Midlothian, and communities across Scotland deserve better. It is time for the UK Tory Government to prioritise the well-being and prosperity of its people over indulgent displays of opulence. Failure to do so will put a further strain on public finances, and people, to breaking point. Meanwhile, the case for Scottish Independence will continue to grow.

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