SNP and Tories let down Scotland

04 October 2019

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned those SNP MSPs who refused to back Colin Smyth’s motion this week to bring the railway in Scotland back into public ownership.


Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘We urged every Member of the Scottish Parliament to do the right thing for the people of Scotland and bring our railway back into public ownership. Because privatisation has failed the people of our country.


‘But, despite support from the Lib Dems and the Greens, the Labour motion was voted down 85-32 by the SNP and the Tories. Now it was the Tories, of course, who privatised our railways and we expected the Tories to vote against the motion. But we are disappointed – if not altogether surprised – that the SNP went along with them and left ScotRail in private hands.


‘Because it is clear that anyone who believes in a modern, progressive Scotland should have voted for a motion that would have offered real value to every Scottish taxpayer by running our railway as a public service, not a vehicle for private profit.


‘We can see clearly now that the SNP is not a progressive, left-wing political party. They prefer to support shareholders over the Scottish taxpayers and are happy to leave vital public services in private hands.’


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