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SNP Hokey Cokey on full fiscal autonomy is diversionary tactic from £7.6bn black hole

April 19, 2015 11:52 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned that the SNP's hokey-cokey dance on how they would introduce their full fiscal autonomy plans is a diversionary tactic.

It comes after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, speaking on the Marr Show, repeated recent SNP claims that it would seek to gradually introduce full fiscal autonomy.

Ahead of the SNP's manifesto launch tomorrow (Monday 20th April), Mr Rennie challenged the SNP once and for all to explain how they would fill a £7.6bn black hole caused by their plans.

Mr Rennie said:

"The SNP's hokey cokey on full fiscal autonomy is a diversionary tactic from the £7.6bn black hole it would blow in public funds.

"The party that once said independence could be done and dusted in 18 months now says their plans for full fiscal autonomy could take years. We know that the SNP have a habit of saying one thing in public and another in private.

"So they need to come clean and tell voters how they plan to fill this £7.6bn hole in public funds - is it through cuts or tax hikes?

"In each of our eleven held seats it is clear that if you want economic stability, investment in our NHS and a stronger Scotland, you must vote Lib Dem."