Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that they plan to establish a Rural Connectivity Commission in the event of a yes vote in September’s referendum, Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray said:
“Instead of making a series of uncosted promises the Scottish Government should use the powers they already have to improve connectivity and access to services for people in rural communities now.
“Being part of a strong and stable United Kingdom isn’t holding back rural communities; the SNP should be focusing on the logistical issues such as geography and limited infrastructure instead of indulging in wishful thinking about a post-independence utopia.
“People don’t want vague promises of new commissions; they want improved services and the Scottish Government should use the powers they already have to improve the lives of people in rural areas now.
“Breaking our ties with Carlisle and Cumbria won’t help the connectivity or economy of Dumfries and Galloway, it would do the opposite. Far more benefit could be gained by closer working across the Solway Basin to for the mutual advantage of all this area. This can only be achieved by enhanced devolution which offers greater economic and decision making powers to local communities.”