This is from Hugh (real identity undisclosed). Always grateful for considered contributions from Labour.
We already have significantly higher spending per capita than rUK.
How awful of our London masters, that even a Tory majority doesn’t prevent us from spending so much more on public services than we could, without a deficit double the size, under Indy or FFA.
That labour is proposing to use the increased opportunities of the Scotland Bill to remove the effects of the tax credit cuts is a…what? A bad thing? In socially progressive, left leaning, SNP Scotland?! Well I never!
The SNP have been so determined to pooh-pooh the Scottish Parliament post Scotland Act 2016 that they’ve forgotten to plan for how they might propose a radically different approach to the increasingly devolved competencies. And don’t kid yourself, that’s the opportunity the Bill offers.
Labour have stolen a march from the left, and yes, it is a costed policy (*coughs…white paper).
Ignore this reality it if it stokes your inclination towards sneering self congratulation if you like-there is many a labour politician who can tell you where that attitude eventually lands you.
We want a higher welfare society, with benefits of shared currency and continued EU membership (which, thank goodness, we voted to maintain), as well as keeping higher public spend per capita with Barnett? Fine. Let’s vote for it. But we have to pay for it ourselves. The Scotland Bill allows us to do exactly that.
I’m up for it. I’m a member of the Labour Party. Where are you lot?by