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Lamont anti-benefits commission in chaos as front bencher distances herself from cuts

Scottish Labour’s plans for cuts to universal benefits has been plunged into chaos today after a senior Shadow Cabinet member distanced herself from one of the key areas under threat.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Call Kaye' programme this morning, Labour MSP and Shadow Cabinet member Kezia Dugdale admitted that ending free prescriptions was not something she would support.

Quizzed on the SNP flagship policy, Ms Dugdale, said: "… it might cost more to means test them than it would to give everybody them for free, so we need to look at the numbers [… ]I think that probably free prescription charges would need to stay."

The admission by the high-profile Labour frontbencher is in stark contrast to her leader’s view that universal free prescriptions is unfair and means testing should be adopted in order to prevent more affluent members of society from benefitting.

In her speech yesterday, and again in media interviews, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont repeatedly attacked the abolition of prescription charges, saying: “What is progressive about a chief executive on more than 100,000 a year not paying for his prescriptions, while a pensioner needing care has their care help cut?”

The apparent confusion over party policy follows panic yesterday when immediately after her speech, Ms Lamont’s party advisors hurriedly had to repair damage after it appeared front line police numbers were facing cutbacks.

Claims that concessionary bus travel was under threat was also denied within minutes of the speech in which she said: “In a budget badged as one wholly focused on economic growth, they [SNP] ducked the tough decisions that may have enabled this. […] For example, spending on concessionary fares increased by 19% over the last four years, while spending on enterprise and tourism has fallen dramatically by 33%.”

The SNP has rounded on the beleaguered Scottish Labour leader, describing her plans to re-introduce means testing and end many of the benefits enjoyed by the sick and elderly as traditional Tory policies, and accusing her of moving her party to the right.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris, who is the deputy convener of the Health and Sport Committee said:

“Labour's cuts commission is plunged into chaos and disarray.  Johann Lamont says one thing, her spin doctors say another, and now a senior Labour Shadow Cabinet member is saying something else again.

“Not content with establishing a cuts commission in a lurch to the right which was enthusiastically welcomed by her Tory partners in the anti-independence campaign, the last 24 hours have already seen Ms Lamont's attacks on three separate policies descend into confusion.

“This hat-trick of U-turns has pulled the rug from under the feet of Johann Lamont’s bid to assert authority on her troubled party.

"Labour's cuts commission is threatening to reimpose NHS prescriptions - which were a tax on the sick - so why is Kezia Dugdale as a Shadow frontbench minister saying that free prescriptions should stay?  What is going on inside Labour in Scotland?

“People must be asking themselves which of Johann Lamont’s high-profile attacks will unravel next.

“Kezia Dugdale is right.  Axing the tax on the sick was part of the social contract that binds Scottish society together, and which we all contribute to through our taxes.  It is Johann Lamont who is wrong.

"There has been a big backlash from Labour supporters against Ms Lamont's speech - and having set in train this cuts commission, not even Labour frontbench members can explain it."

http://www.newsnetscotland.com/in...ncher-distances-herself-from-cuts
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Lamont anti-benefits commission in chaos as front bencher distances herself from cuts

Scottish Labour’s plans for cuts to universal benefits has been plunged into chaos today after a senior Shadow Cabinet member distanced herself from one of the key areas under threat.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland's 'Call Kaye' programme this morning, Labour MSP and Shadow Cabinet member Kezia Dugdale admitted that ending free prescriptions was not something she would support.

Quizzed on the SNP flagship policy, Ms Dugdale, said: "… it might cost more to means test them than it would to give everybody them for free, so we need to look at the numbers [… ]I think that probably free prescription charges would need to stay."

The admission by the high-profile Labour frontbencher is in stark contrast to her leader’s view that universal free prescriptions is unfair and means testing should be adopted in order to prevent more affluent members of society from benefitting.

In her speech yesterday, and again in media interviews, Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont repeatedly attacked the abolition of prescription charges, saying: “What is progressive about a chief executive on more than 100,000 a year not paying for his prescriptions, while a pensioner needing care has their care help cut?”

The apparent confusion over party policy follows panic yesterday when immediately after her speech, Ms Lamont’s party advisors hurriedly had to repair damage after it appeared front line police numbers were facing cutbacks.

Claims that concessionary bus travel was under threat was also denied within minutes of the speech in which she said: “In a budget badged as one wholly focused on economic growth, they [SNP] ducked the tough decisions that may have enabled this. […] For example, spending on concessionary fares increased by 19% over the last four years, while spending on enterprise and tourism has fallen dramatically by 33%.”

The SNP has rounded on the beleaguered Scottish Labour leader, describing her plans to re-introduce means testing and end many of the benefits enjoyed by the sick and elderly as traditional Tory policies, and accusing her of moving her party to the right.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris, who is the deputy convener of the Health and Sport Committee said:

“Labour's cuts commission is plunged into chaos and disarray.  Johann Lamont says one thing, her spin doctors say another, and now a senior Labour Shadow Cabinet member is saying something else again.

“Not content with establishing a cuts commission in a lurch to the right which was enthusiastically welcomed by her Tory partners in the anti-independence campaign, the last 24 hours have already seen Ms Lamont's attacks on three separate policies descend into confusion.

“This hat-trick of U-turns has pulled the rug from under the feet of Johann Lamont’s bid to assert authority on her troubled party.

"Labour's cuts commission is threatening to reimpose NHS prescriptions - which were a tax on the sick - so why is Kezia Dugdale as a Shadow frontbench minister saying that free prescriptions should stay?  What is going on inside Labour in Scotland?

“People must be asking themselves which of Johann Lamont’s high-profile attacks will unravel next.

“Kezia Dugdale is right.  Axing the tax on the sick was part of the social contract that binds Scottish society together, and which we all contribute to through our taxes.  It is Johann Lamont who is wrong.

"There has been a big backlash from Labour supporters against Ms Lamont's speech - and having set in train this cuts commission, not even Labour frontbench members can explain it."

http://www.newsnetscotland.com/in...ncher-distances-herself-from-cuts


Lamont and so-called Scottish Labour are finished the SNP popularity is greater now than 2011 we must expose these Tory Blairites and march onto victory in 2014 with the Yes vote.

Dam it I have been opposing these Brits for over twenty years if not thirty. The journey has been slow but we have managed to expose Labour since Kinnock and Blair that their is no future under British Labour.

Lamont is worse than Wendy Alexander and don't we know it.
donald

Like her careerist chums she has no politics, let alone a grasp of socialism. Labour is not even reformist, or liberal, just a shameless election machine.

She came across as a complete SNP hating Labour numpty.

In the past Labour could get away with attacking the Tories in Scotland. There are no Tories left here, apart from themselves and they have been outflanked on the left by David Cameron. Even the Brownies were further to the left than Broon; Kinnochio, Blair an Lords Callaghan and Wilson.

Quite apart from incinerating persons across the globe and supporting the biggest human incinerator of all on the Clyde around Faslane, Labour's proud Socialst Record includes the following:-

Supporting the division of Korea, Vietnam, Palestine, India, Gibraltar from Spain, Ireland, etc, etc. Feel free to add the rest.

As well as sending Troops IN to Ireland in 1969, they introduced, trial without Jury status, Diplock Courts,etc, etc, leading to the deaths of many, including the Hunger Strikers.

They also sent Labour Troops IN to Glasgow in 1972 by supporting a Labour Pay Freeze and scabbing on the Firefighters, Bin persons, and Ambulance drivers.

Again the list is endless and I can't be bothered listing anymore. Feel free to add to their crimes against Scotland and the working  classes everywhere. Their job is simply to head working people and the Scottish Nation off at the pass, not to achieve anything worthwhile.

Gerremout!

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