Today, Anas Sarwar has suggested that the Scottish Government has a ‘record of shame’ on child poverty.
Already today, I’ve outlined what has been achieved, praised by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, within the heavy limitations of devolution.
As for Labour:
In 2010, Professor Danny Dorling then at Sheffield University, wrote:
[W]hen writing a book, The Widening Gap, with colleagues in 1999, which considered how, under both the Tories and the start of New Labour, the gap
between rich and poor continued to grow. We highlighted that New Labour explicitly continued Conservative spending policies for those two years and, once in office, did not enact the key policies to reduce inequalities that it had supported throughout opposition. That gap became a great deal wider in the years that followed.
In that same period, Scottish Labour MPs toed the line and did nothing to alleviate the crushing poverty in their constituencies. After devolution, still under the thumb of London, they did nothing and even famously returned £1.5 billion to Westminster rather than implement equal pay, build hospitals or improve public services.
In the last 12 years, though constrained by the devolution settlement, with major powers axed in the final days of negotiation, not by the Tories, but by Labour, SNP governments have achieved more than Labour has ever done.