Scottish Income Tax, it was always a TRAP!

I saw this tweet today, and followed a little of the income tax debate in Holyrood last week, and it just brought back all the bad memories of the Smith Commission.

Sorry to say it , but I told you so, as did many many smarter and more astute people than myself. I blogged about it The Smith Commission and I expressed my opinion about it, and I have moaned about it in numerous posts on this blog.

My view after the referendum was that that the SNP Government should never have accepted Smith because it was both bullshit and a huge trap to fall into. So forgive me if I have little sympathy for the tweet from Angus MacNeil, SNP MP, who would have thunk it. I accept that the Scottish Government are stuck between a rock and hard place, continued TORY cuts are starting to hit hard, portrayed by the lieing scumbags in Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, and Scottish Tories as SNP cuts and a compliant media singing the same tune but we are walking into the trap big time.

Using the tax trap is just another nail in the coffin of the fight for independence as many, too many, all too thick Scottish voters, will circle the wagons to blame the SNP and use this shit to convince themselves that independence would be worse. Back in November 2016 I blogged asking the SNP, don’t use the tax responsibility trap ,and even if it hurts in the long-term, I urge them today to not use the trap. Accepting the Smith Commission proposals was a huge mistake in my opinion, using the tax trap is another one. I know that people suffer as a result of the cuts, accepting Smith opened the door for all the blame to lay with the SNP, putting up taxes, no matter how much they protect some people, will just confirm the blame for too many voters.

I know that the SNP is damned if they do and damned if they don’t but let’s make no mistake about it the continued cuts to services, and the continued assault on our standard of living, lays fully with the three unionist parties. They have brought us to this point and by raising taxes, even to try to protect the most vulnerable, will just allow the yoons and the yoon media to hide behind the tax rises as an assault on independence and the SNP and people will fall for it. I still believe that if we hadn’t accepted Smith then while the yoons would shout and moan about not wanting more responsibilities the blame would lay fully at their door and anyone with any sense would see it for what it is.

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2 Responses to Scottish Income Tax, it was always a TRAP!

  1. Brian says:

    Damned if they do, damned if etc etc
    My wife and me argue, sorry, debate this one often. A compassionate govt will raise taxes in the right places to ameliorate the effects of Tory austerity on the poorest in society, but . . . we already pay for our public services through tax we pay into the Treasury, so why should we pay more?
    The people of Scotland come first, bite the bullet and do it. And… make that woman in the QT audience pay for her prescriptions:-)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Brian
    The fear I have is that by raising income tax, a blunt instrument at best, the SNP fall into the yoon trap and it will inevitably result in a reduction of Barnett consequentials in the medium term. I totally understand the need to protect but maybe that just covers up the brutality of the unionists and let’s them off the hook because as we know many Scottish voters are both lazy and brainwashed.

    Thanks for commenting.

    Bruce

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