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SNP fuelled myth of Norwegian utopia unravels over fuel prices

November 15, 2011 2:01 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Willie Rennie, Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, has warned that fuel prices could increase in Scotland if we were to split from the rest of the United Kingdom as it becomes clear that fuel prices in the SNP's favoured comparison country, Norway, are higher than in Scotland.

Willie Rennie MSPWillie Rennie MSPAs the House of Commons debates fuel prices and the UK Coalition Government announces that the Lib Dem led rural fuel discount scheme will be implemented by the Spring, Mr Rennie has called on the SNP to come clean over the real cost of independence.

The current average price of unleaded in Scotland is £1.31 per litre. This compares to £1.52 in Norway. These figures fly in the face of SNP claims that an oil-fund for Scotland would reduce fuel bills for hard pressed families.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"First we had the Arc of Prosperity, but when that went bust the SNP fell silent. In recent months, Norway has been the example we have heard of time and time again as what an independent Scotland could be like.

"But the reality of fuel prices in Norway flies in the face of the utopia the SNP likes to present.

"Just look at the figures. Fuel prices in Norway are twenty pence a litre more expensive than in Scotland at present. And while some island communities pay far higher than this, the UK Government is taking action by introducing a fuel discount scheme.

"Meanwhile, the SNP continue to concentrate on pie in the sky ideas that could actually make fuel prices even higher than they are at the moment.

"The arguments for separation get weaker by the day while the positive case for remaining a strong partner in the UK become even more powerful."