'That's desperate!' Labour pledges £75 for EVERY adult in brazen plot to woo Scots voters

'That's desperate!' Labour pledges £75 for EVERY adult in brazen plot to woo Scots voters

Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar said he would introduce an “Amazon tax” to be levied on online retailers which have prospered during the coronavirus pandemic, with the proceeds funding the free voucher scheme for every adult to help regenerate depressed shopping areas. But the proposals have sparked a social media backlash led by Conservative commentator Darren Grimes who tweeted: “Well, that’s desperate.”

One critic said: “If anyone buys into that, they are more stupid than they realise.”

Another tweeted: “Is that only for the people who vote for them or for everyone in Scotland? (PS. It is English taxpayers’ money, via the Barnett formula).”

Another said: “Socialists bribing voters with their own money – well, English money.”

Another commented: “How is that allowed? Surely this can’t be true?”

And another said: “Just stand outside the polling station with a wad of tenners and hand them out. Would be easier.”

Speaking as he launched Labour’s Holyrood election manifesto, Mr Sarwar said building recovery from Covid must be the next Scottish Parliament’s “collective national mission”.

He described the party’s policy document as a “recovery plan for our country”.

Mr Sarwar, who has been Scottish Labour leader for less than two months, said he is “calling time on the old politics” and its focus on the constitution and independence.

Instead, he said he proposes a “route map back to stronger and better times for our country”.

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Labour has set out “five distinct recovery plans” covering jobs, the NHS, education, the climate, and communities.

To help children who have seen their education disrupted by school closures during the pandemic, Labour wants a personalised plan to be drawn up for every youngster, based on both an education and mental health assessment.

For younger children, the party proposes to offer 50 hours a week of free early years education.

The party also plans to abolish council tax and replace it with a “fairer alternative based on property values and ability to pay”.

He continued: “I don’t want us to come through that collective trauma of Covid and go back to those old arguments.

“Imagine what we could achieve if we focused on what unites us a country, not what divides us.

“Imagine what we could achieve if we put aside those things we disagree on and focused on the things we agree on.

“Imagine if we obsessed about education in the next Parliament, imagine if we obsessed about the NHS in the next Parliament, imagine if we obsessed about jobs and economy in the next Parliament, imagine if we obsessed about eradicating child poverty, imagine if we obsessed about challenging the climate emergency. Just imagine the kind of Scotland we could build together.

“I want to work with you, my fellow Scots, so we can come through this crisis and build a stronger, fairer, more equal, more just, greener Scotland together.

“That’s why this recovery plan’s focus is on a jobs recovery, an NHS recovery, an education recovery, a communities recovery and a climate recovery.

“This isn’t a manifesto, this is a route map back to stronger and better times for our country.”

Published at Thu, 22 Apr 2021 17:09:00 +0000