Alex Salmond’s vision for a fairer Scotland is a con says Ed Miliband
Labout leader dismisses SNP claims that only a yes vote in independence referendum will ensure Tories are ousted.
Ed Miliband has described the SNP’s vision for a fairer Scotland after independence as “a con”, insisting that the only way to rid the country of Tory policies was to vote no.
Dismissing the SNP’s claim that only a yes vote in this month’s referendum could deliver social justice, the Labour leader said: “It’s a con what they are offering: a 3p cut in corporation tax, no energy price freezes, no return to the 50p tax rate. That’s Tory policy. If you want Tory policy out of Scotland then vote no.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland on Thursday, he said: “Labour is taking the fight to the SNP and my message is very simple today. A Labour government is on the way. The SNP want to conduct the last two weeks of this campaign saying the Tories can’t be beaten. That is the opposite of what is happening.”
Referring to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson‘s admission, in an STV debate on Tuesday night, that she did not believe David Cameron could win the next Westminster election, he said: “Labour voters are thinking very calmly how can we deal with the Tories.
“You can vote no in this referendum and then have a Labour government in eight months’ time. A vote for no is not a vote for no change.”
Campaigning in Bathgate, West Lothian, on Wednesday the deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said she had a “clear and direct message” to Labour supporters that voting yes was the best way to secure a fairer Scotland.
Miliband was due to join Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont and local activists canvassing in Lanarkshire on Thursday morning, as he spearheads the drive to shore up pro-union support in Labour’s heartlands.
A YouGov poll released on Monday night revealed that support for independence among Labour voters had risen from 18% to 30% in the past month.
Miliband will set out his “contract with the people of Scotland”, including freezing energy bills, raising the minimum wage, taxing bankers’ bonuses and abolishing the bedroom tax. He will also repeat Labour’s promise to devolve more powers over tax, social security and the work programme to the Scottish parliament.
Meanwhile, Alex Salmond and Sturgeon will mark a decade as leader and deputy leader of the SNP by setting out their vision for Scotland over the next 10 years.
Speaking at an event in Glasgow, Salmond will say: “As we enter the last two weeks of this campaign more and more people are switching from no to a yes vote because they’re waking up to the gains of controlling the key decisions that affect life in Scotland.
“The 2024 yes vision is of a society where everyone has the chance to get on in life and where opportunities are for the many not the few.”