The Scot branded the Prime Minister “arrogant” after she insisted Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP had neglected the NHS and education in repeated bids to chase independence.
Addressing the Scottish Conservatives conference, Mrs May said: “The SNP’s neglect and mismanagement of Scottish education has been a scandal, but sadly it doesn’t stop there.
“Starving the health service by refusing to match the spending increases on the NHS in England. The SNP Government demands further powers for the Scottish Parliament, but fails to pass powers on to local people in Scotland’s villages, towns and cities.”
The Prime Minister added: “The simple truth is their policies are not in the best interests of Scotland, but in the political interest of the SNP.”
Alex Salmond attacked Theresa May after she hit out at the SNP in a speech
Theresa May is engaging in a Whitehall power grab
In retaliation to Mrs May’s attack, Mr Salmond launched back warning the Prime Minister not to include Scotland in the Brexit negotiations because they are adamant of securing independence.
He told Channel 4 News: “If Theresa May continues in the arrogant refrain that she has sounded today, paying no attention to Scottish interests and engaging in a Whitehall power grab, not recognising the comprised proposal put forward with massive backing in Scottish parliament by Nicola Sturgeon.
“I think the odds of an independence referendum are very short, and shortening by the day.”
Critics of the SNP’s attempts to hold a second referendum after being defeated in their first attempt in 2014, claim Scotland cannot survive outside of the United Kingdom because of the lower price of oil.
Mr Salmond added it would be foolish to lean on one asset, insisting Scotland has multiple ways of ensuring a profitable economy.
“Scotland has many assets as a country and GDP per head is higher than that of the UK as a whole,” he added.
“We have many resources, not least of which, the imagination and talent of the Scottish people.
“I saw Theresa May mention one of these great resources as an export that Britain has, and she described it as a British asset.
“Scotch whisky according to this Prime Minister has suddenly become a Great British asset, do you really think people in Scotland won’t take the message from that sort of language?”
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Speaking after Mrs May, The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said Ms Sturgeon was on “a bit of a sticky wicket” with regards to her hopes for an independent Scotland.
She told BBC Scotland: “We’ve heard about the SNP jumping up and down on more powers and I would give them a word of warning.
“The Prime Minister made absolutely clear there are no powers currently held at Holyrood that are going anywhere else.
“They’re staying and there will be more powers coming and we’ve got to have a big discussion about what those are as they come back from the EU.”