Just as the SNP conference in Aberdeen was packing up yesterday morning the party’s Angus Robertson MP was interviewed by Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show. In this interview Mr Robertson tried to blame the SNP’s underfunding of the NHS on the Tory government’s “austerity” agenda and the resultant cuts to the block grant. Andrew Neil rejected this, noting that “in real terms there has been no cut”:
This is interesting as we are used to the SNP claiming that Scotland’s block grant is being cut year-on-year that, for many people, it has become a fact. Indeed, the SNP’s chief cheerleader, Stu Campbell, immediately claimed that Andrew Neil was “telling an outright lie“, and went as far as to challenge him on Twitter an hour or two later. This is where the Bath based cybernat came undone as Mr Neil took the time to reply:
Bizarrely, Mr Campbell is still claiming on his website that “We’ve asked the BBC man for clarification. We’re not holding our breath.”. Mr Neil answered and he was very clear.
The reality is that Mr Campbell had no need to ask the “BBC man” to begin with, he could have just checked the SNP Government’s own data:
Despite this hard evidence, Mr Campbell repeats his lie on his website “since the Tories came to power the Holyrood budget HAS been cut in real terms every single year, and has now dropped in total by a very substantial 10%, giving the Scottish Government over £3 billion a year less to spend now than it had in 2010-11.”.
*Image via Mr Brian Spanpong