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Dumfries and Galloway Council

Question: If the Labour Party gained a majority in the 2010 General Election, do you think the party would introduce pay cuts and rises in V.A.T?

Asked by armsliam to Elaine on 24 Sep 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Elaine MurrayElaine Murray answered on 24 Sep 2010:

    I’ll be truthful with you, armsliam, the Labour Party would have had to reduce the deficit. But we wanted to give the economy time to recover – and there were signs that it was beginning to recover – so more people would be in work and paying taxes, then we would be able to work out how much additional money had to be raised either through additional taxation or through reduction in spending. We believe that the current UIK government is cutting faster and deeper than it needs to. I do not agree with the VAT increase – it will affect less well off people more than better off people. If taxation has to be increased I would rather it was progressive taxation on those who could afford to pay, such as people on the higher rate of income tax – like me



  • Photo: armsliamarmsliam commented on 1 Oct 2010:

    Would there have also been job cuts such as the Health Sector if Labour won?


  • Photo: AlastairAlastair commented on 1 Oct 2010:

    Scotland is potentially a very rich country and if we were independent and had total control of our own resources we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in today, attached to a near bankrupt UK. Just look across the North Sea to Norway- an oil fund of half a billion dollars and zero unemployment. But then, they used some of the money they got from oil to put aside for difficult times like now. Us? We gave it away to UK prime ministers to spend on unwinnable wars and close down industries. Scotland- the only country to discover oil and not get richer. If you won the lottery would you give it all away to your neighbour. That’s what we’ve done. Vote SNP!