Kirstene Hair – Misleading the Good People of Angus?

Kirstene Hair, the Tory MP for Angus, took to Twitter at the weekend to post an SNP bad type of tweet.

Tweet from Kirstene Hair saying "Out visiting consitituents the length and breadth of Angus. The volume of cases around the abysmal broadband speeds in rural areas is incredible. We unfortunately continue to trail behind the Scottish average - the @theSNP desperately need to get a grip of the situation."

The subject of the tweet was the poor broadband speeds in her constituency and was accompanied by a plea for the SNP to “get a grip of the situation”. Unfortunately for Ms Hair communications (including broadband) is a power that is reserved to Westminster. So is she simply unaware of that fact or did she set out to deliberately mislead her constituents? Let’s have a look at the evidence……

As recently as February 8th Ms Hair rose in the Westminster chamber to ask Matthew Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, “On a similar topic, a Scottish Government report found that in 2012 over half of my constituents did not even receive 3G service. Six years later I do not feel that enough progress has been made. Can my right hon. Friend assure me that more is being done to ensure that rural constituents are not being left behind?”

Image from Hansard showing Kirstene Hair asking "On a similar topic, a Scottish Government report found that in 2012 over half of my constituents did not even receive 3G service. Six years later I do not feel that enough progress has been made. Can my right hon. Friend assure me that more is being done to ensure that rural constituents are not being left behind?"

She also wrote to Mr Hancock on December 21st last year asking “what steps the Government is taking to deliver broadband connectivity that meets the universal service obligation to (a) the constituency of Angus and (b) Scotland”.

Extract from Hansard showing Kirstene Hair asking "To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government is taking to deliver broadband connectivity that meets the universal service obligation to (a) the constituency of Angus and (b) Scotland."

So, as these two extracts from the official record show, Ms Hair clearly knows that responsibility for broadband provision lays firmly at the feet of her own party’s government leaving us only with the conclusion that she set out to deliberately mislead not only the people of Angus but the rest of Scotland as well with this tweet.

We can however give some good news to Ms Hair as the Scottish government has pledged to spend £600 Million to ensure that by the end of 2021, Scotland will be the only part of the UK where every single home and business can access superfast broadband. Ironically only £21 Million of this funding will come from the UK government.

Let us know what you think of Kirstene Hair’s mendacity by leaving us a comment below.

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