Sunday, 16 October 2011

Labour MSP attacks free prescriptions

More evidence, if it was needed, that Labour politicians really are quite stupid:

A Labour MSP has launched an attack on the SNP, describing one of the Nationalists' key achievements – the removal of prescription charges – as "right-wing economics".

Kezia Dugdale, the newly elected regional MSP for Lothian, launched the attack whilst appearing as a guest on Radio Scotland’s ‘Call Kaye’ phone-in programme on Thursday.

The Labour MSP, who was a surprise addition to Labour’s Holyrood ranks, was discussing a speech by Douglas Alexander in which the senior Labour MP admitted the party had been "well and truly gubbed" in May’s Holyrood election and that they needed to move on from negative politicking in order to regain lost support.

Ms Dugdale hit out at suggestions that Labour had abandoned its socialist roots and was losing former supporters to the 'socialist' SNP as a result.

Responding to callers who had described the SNP as more social democratic, Ms Dugdale said: "I simply do not accept that analysis. If you look at some of the stuff they’ve done over the past four years, like bridge tolls, freezing the council tax, prescription charges, business rates down and now their plans to cut corporation tax – they’re all tax cuts, they’re all very much right-wing economics."

Ms Dugdale’s labelling of the council tax freeze and free prescriptions as "right-wing" will puzzle many given that her own party had pledged a two-year freeze in their manifesto. Indeed, it was Labour-run Glasgow council that first introduced the policy in 2006 – prior to the SNP coming to power.

Did no-one think to tell her that it was Labour in Wales who introduced this policy? Or is it only right wing because the SNP introduced it in Scotland.

1 comment:

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

She is very naive in the way she thinks, if you tax you're a leftie, if you wannan cut taxes then you're a Tory, its not quite that clear cut, and she doesn't understand that the SNP stands for the whole of Scotland, perhaps a lesson that Plaid Cymru needs to learn pretty quickly.