So, what can we look forward to?
Scottish National Investment Bank will be set up.
There will be a public sector rail bid.
There will be an investment in electric cars. This will including looking at getting charging points up and running (and particularly at how to provide them outside blocks of flats) and with a target of 2032 for all new sales to be electric or hybrid.
So then, as already announced, the public sector pay cap will go. (I believe Mrs May is doing this in England too).
Free sanitary products will be provided in schools and there will be research into the possibility of making them free for everyone.
Free personal care will be extended to under 65s.
A South of Scotland Enterprise board will be set up and there will be investment in manufacturing and R&D.
Money will be provided for research into providing a universal basic income, currently being trialed in areas of Finland, Canada, and the Netherlands.
The Land Reform Commission will consider a land value tax.
There will be an investment in carbon capture technology.
There should be a presumption against jail sentences of under 12 months. Other punishments will be preferred, leaving prison for more serious offenders.
A fund set up for action on homelessness.
A Local Democracy Bill
Other plans, already announced, include increasing carers allowance in Scotland to the same level as Job Seekers’ Allowance, a funeral grant (means-tested) so that the poorest can afford a decent funeral. The baby box and help for the poorest when their children start school.
And Sarwar, the branch manager elect(?) (Jackie Baillie says the SNP are terrified of him…remember like they said we were of Six-Month Murphy!!!) says it’s the same old tired stuff??
I’m seriously surprised that Labour can suggest that the SNP is doing nothing to mitigate Tory austerity. If you add the above package to the extra help with rent and the abolition of the hated bedroom tax… well, it’s just a lie.
I read somewhere that Willie Rennie had whined that the SNP was still obsessed with the Constitution, although I don’t remember it dominating the FM’s speech today. (Ironic given that the Constitution is almost the only thing that the British government is occupying itself with. The great repeal bill will take most of parliament’s time in the coming year, even though most of it won’t ever be seen by the Commons or Lords. Ministers will use royal prerogative to make changes they see fit. So much for taking back control, eh?
Come on, let’s have some serious opposition that will help improve the policies of the SNP, not this idiotic carping at everything, no matter how inaccurate it is as long as it criticises the SNP.