Irony over our steel industry
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