On hearing the Queen’s Speech, SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, responded:
Boris Johnson has completely failed to deliver the investment and change required to build a strong, fair and equal recovery. Instead the Tories are imposing the long-term damage of austerity cuts, Brexit and a power grab against Scotland’s will. The Tories are repeating the same mistakes they made after the last economic crisis, by forcing through damaging cuts that are threatening Scotland’s recovery. Instead of building a fairer society, the Tories are entrenching inequality and pushing people into poverty by imposing a public sector pay freeze, cuts to Universal Credit, and an “efficiency review” of public services. This should have been an ambitious plan for an investment-led recovery – with a major fiscal stimulus to create jobs, raising incomes with a real living wage, and boosting NHS and social care investment to the levels we see in Scotland. Instead the Tories are imposing cuts, introducing Trump-like voter suppression and attacking the rights of refugees.
The people of England’s council were certainly mislead.
In Scotland, the Tory manifesto mislead by simply being empty. From Bella Caledonia:
There is one thing that you must understand about Tory manifestos: they don’t contain the most important policies. The Poll Tax did not appear in a Tory manifesto. Increasing tuition fees to £9,000 per year did not appear in a Tory manifesto. Forcing people to starve because they were late to a Job Centre did not appear in a Tory manifesto. The Green manifesto put the economy first. The SNP manifesto began with their response to Coronavirus, the Liberal Democrats, education. The Tories are the only party to put independence front and centre. The only Holyrood party with “an obsession with another divisive independence referendum” is the party in blue.
When the SNP proposed scrapping dental charges, the first question that followed was ‘How are you going to pay for it?’. Yet, no one asks how the Tories will pay for their tax cuts. Will abolishing the Education Maintenance Allowance pay for their proposed cut in Land and Buildings Transaction Tax? Will cutting the Scottish Child Payment fund business rates relief? Why should someone who hasn’t seen a dentist in years because they were feart of the cost, pay for tax cuts on property deals worth over £250,000? The Tories don’t tell voters these things, so we have to guess.
From the IFS:
The Scottish Conservatives aspire to cut income tax for the higher-income half of Scottish income tax payers (the highest-income quarter of all Scots) – 1.2 million individuals – leaving it slightly lower than in the rest of the UK for all taxpayers. But this is not a firm commitment. It would cost around £400 million a year, and the Conservatives say they will only do this ‘when we can afford to do so’ and ‘in the event that tax revenue outstrips public spending demands’. They would seek to do it ‘by the end of the parliament’, but it is hard to see how this could be achieved given existing commitments – on the NHS, schools, local government and other taxes – without cuts to at least some areas of public spending.
Misleading, lying is in their DNA:
Nearly 90% of Facebook ads paid for by the Conservative Party in the first few days of December contained misleading claims, an investigation has found. First Draft – a non-profit organisation which works on debunking fake news – analysed every ad promoted by the UK’s three main political parties on the social media giant in the first four days of December. It found 88% of the Conservative’s Facebook campaigning pushed figures challenged by Full Fact, the UK’s leading fact-checking organisation. By comparison, First Draft said that it could not find any misleading claims in ads run by Labour on Facebook over the same period.