TaxPayers' Alliance reacts to the SNP manifesto

May 30, 2017 1:24 PM

Responding to the SNP manifesto, John O'Connell, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"Anyone listening to Nicola Sturgeon today would be forgiven for thinking there was a magic money tree waiting to be shaken to fund this manifesto. Scotland's finances have been in a dire state because of its leaders' propensity for chronic overspending off the backs of English taxpayers. Policies such as scrapping tuition fees and abandoning the public sector pay cap will only spread these problems to the rest of the country.

"It is intensely hypocritical of the SNP to seek to bring back the 50p tax rate: if they believed higher rates would increase revenue they would have used the powers available to them to increase tax in Scotland. Cutting the top rate has brought in more tax revenue so this is just politicking on the SNP's part."

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