With another gleeful image choice from the lad (16) who find them, in between taking his acne pills, the Herald’s Tom Gordon attacks the Scottish Government’s plan to give £500 to NHS and care staff, using the rarely read Fraser of Allander Institute’s latest, to damn the initiative:
SCOTLAND’S leading economic thinktank has issued a stinging critique of Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a tax-free £500 coronavirus bonus for NHS and care staff. The Fraser of Allander Institute said the First Minister’s plea to Boris Johnson not to tax the money was muddled, would reward the rich more than the poor, and was overtly political.
Needless to say the actual report is not quite the ‘stinging critique’ Gordon suggests. Indeed on politics, it merely suggests ‘there is a healthy dose of politics in its call on the UK Government to exempt Scottish bonus payments from Scottish income tax.’
Do I smell burning baby boxes as memories of the overtly political reaction to that initiative by the opposition parties and the Scottish media, surge back? Remind me again, how many babies were burned by the self-combusting boxes, out of the more than 100 000 now issued?
As for the ‘leading economic thinktank’, here’s a bit of their track record, again via Tom Gordon, in May 2020:
SNP ministers need to be bolder and more innovative in response to the coronavirus crisis, and not just complain about Holyrood being shortchanged by Westminster, the country’s top economic thinktank has said. The Fraser of Allander Institute said the UK Government had been “quite bold”, while the Scottish Government was harping on its usual complaint about limited borrowing powers.
Leading? Yes, as in trying to lead us away from independent thinking.