Irony over our steel in­dus­try

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

work­ers) will pay less in­come tax. It means those on good in­comes, such as MSPs, will pay a bit more. And en­sures that those earn­ing sub­stan­tial in­comes (ie over £150,000) will pay 60 per cent on their in­comes over that amount.

These plans are bold, fair and pro­gres­sive. If we want to see a fairer, more equal Scot­land then sim­ply tin­ker­ing round the edges is not enough. We need rad­i­cal al­ter­na­tives to the sta­tus quo, and the Greens are the only re­al­is­tic rad­i­cal al­ter­na­tive.

If you want a bet­ter Scot­land, we need a bolder Holy­rood. Vot­ing Green can help us achieve this. Rose­mary McGowan Ad­dress sup­plied and read­ing all 44 pages of the 2011 manifesto sev­eral times, I can con­firm that the only prom­ise made by the SNP at that time re­gard­ing coun­cil tax was to keep the freeze for an­other four years.

The claim that the SNP promised to end aus­ter­ity at the 2015 general elec­tion is also in­cor­rect.

The SNP 2015 general elec­tion manifesto states: “We pro­pose a real al­ter­na­tive to the pain of aus­ter­ity, an end to un­fair poli­cies like the bed­room tax, a higher min­i­mum wage and pro­tec­tion for our NHS and vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices.

“SNP MPs will de­mand an end to aus­ter­ity. We op­pose fur­ther spend­ing cuts and pro­pose mod­est spend­ing in­creases – of 0.5 per cent above in­fla­tion - in each year of the next UK Par­lia­ment. We will also vote for the rein­tro­duc­tion of the 50 pence top tax rate (for all of the UK).”

To get these poli­cies through West­min­ster the SNP re­quired the sup­port of the Labour Party, but dis­grace­fully Labour stood shoul­der to shoul­der with the Tories and sup­ported the Tory Fis­cal Re­spon­si­bil­ity Charter that jus­ti­fies aus­ter­ity for the fore­see­able fu­ture and then 184 Labour MPs ab­stained on the vote for the Wel­fare Re­form and Work Bill which al­lowed the bill to be passed.

This bill im­posed a ben­e­fit cap and re­duced child tax credit, ESA, and dis­abil­ity ben­e­fits.

I am one of the so­cial­ists within the SNP that AD Mof­fat speaks of and the only thing that I am scun­nered with is the Tory/Labour al­liance which is hold­ing Scot­land back.

I’m afraid AD Mof­fat’s let­ter shows one of two things, lack of re­search or try­ing to hood­wink the elec­torate, which is it?


Charles Andrew via email


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