Boris Johnson slammed by Ian Blackford over 'Tory tax'
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Westminster SNP leader Ian Blackford attacked Boris Johnson and his Government during his speech at the SNP conference. Mr Blackford took aim at the Tory Government’s new National Insurance tax that is set to be used to pay for social care. He argued that this was another reason why Scotland should be independent.
He also claimed the SNP would be able to introduce progressive taxation in an independent Scotland, not aggressive.
Mr Blackford said: “We believe those with the broadest shoulders should bear the most.
“Yet, this week, Boris Johnson launched a new Tory poll tax that falls hardest on Scottish families, the young and the lowest paid.
“A Tory tax on millions of Scottish workers to pay for England’s social care.
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“It is just one more reason why our future must be independent.
“It will give us the powers to deliver progressive taxation instead of being forced to pay the cost of reggressive Tory tax hikes
“Tax hikes that always punish the poor.”
This comes after a similar claim from Mr Blackford in the House of Commons earlier this week.
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However, Mr Johnson was able to hit back at the SNP MP for his outrage at this new tax.
Mr Blackford said: “Scotland deserves better! There is clearly no chance of a fair Covid recovery under this prime minister and under this Westminster government.
“Isn’t it the case Mr Speaker that the only way to protect Scotland from Tory cuts and the regressive tax hikes is to become an independent country!
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“With the full powers needed to declare a full, strong, and powerful recovery for the people of Scotland!”
Mr Johnson retorted: “I just remind him of the deputy leader of the Scottish government who welcomed when the Labour Government put up National insurance by a penny to pay for the National health service.
“John Swinney said ‘I am absolutely delighted that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has now accepted the progressive taxation is required to invest in the health service in Scotland!
“Get your story straight!”
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