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  • Scottish Parliament: Taxation 16 Nov 2017

    1. A month before last year’s Scottish elections, the Deputy First Minister promised that basic-rate taxpayers would not see their tax bills rise. He said that that was “the right reassurance to give to people who are already finding it challenging to make ends meet. We’ll give them that assurance for the remainder of the parliamentary term.” Will he stick to that...
  • Scottish Parliament: Taxation 16 Nov 2017

    Aw—that was a bit lacklustre. It sounds to me as though the Deputy First Minister is not prepared to stick to that promise, but I will give him another chance. Again, before the 2016 election, he made another promise. When he was asked about what he would say to local government staff who were worried about their jobs, he replied: “I say to those individuals that the Scottish...
  • Scottish Parliament: Taxation 16 Nov 2017

    The truth is that the SNP wheeled out Mr Swinney—Honest John—before the election to tell people that their taxes would not go up, but as soon as the party got back in, those promises turned to dust. Just to be completely fair, I will give the Deputy First Minister one more opportunity. Just a few weeks before the election, he said: “I want to say to teachers and public...

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