Nicola Sturgeon has been criticised for a 50p tax hike
Scotland’s First Minister was accused of being “intensely hypocritical” by pushing for the increase from 45 per cent for those earning more than £150,000, while other aspects of her SNP party manifesto were also blasted.
The Taxpayers Alliance went so far as to say it appeared she believed “there was a magic money tree” available in order to fund her various proposals.
Nicola Sturgeon was also accused of attempting to “spread” Scotland’s problems to the rest of the country by promising to scrap tuition fees and abandon the pubic sector pay gap.
Responding to the SNP manifesto, John O'Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "Anyone listening to Nicola Sturgeon today would be forgiven for thinking there was a magic money tree waiting to be shaken to fund this manifesto.
“Scotland's finances have been in a dire state because of its leaders' propensity for chronic overspending off the backs of English taxpayers.
“Policies such as scrapping tuition fees and abandoning the public sector pay cap will only spread these problems to the rest of the country.”
The 50p tax was particularly targeted by Mr O’Connell.
Nicola Sturgeon was accused of believing in a 'magic money tree'
He said: “It is intensely hypocritical of the SNP to seek to bring back the 50p tax rate. If they believed higher rates would increase revenue they would have used the powers available to them to increase tax in Scotland.
“Cutting the top rate has brought in more tax revenue so this is just politicking on the SNP's part."
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Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of hypocrisy
Ms Sturgeon’s tax increase, which she said will help fund a bonanza £118billion public sending spree, was also blasted by the Tories.
Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin said: “This manifesto makes clear the price we’d pay for [a Labour government propped up by the SNP]: higher taxes, more borrowing, weaker defences.”