THE Rab C Nesbitt star said a vote for independence would be a vote for a fairer Scotland.
ELAINE C SMITH yesterday claimed only an independent Scotland can keep the fatcats in check.
The Rab C Nesbitt star spoke out after the Yes campaign insisted a vote for independence would be a vote for a fairer country.
Elaine, who is a high-profile supporter of the campaign, said the widening gap between rich and poor is a national disgrace and that too many Scots turn a blind eye to poverty.
And she slated bankers for fighting for bonuses after being bailed out by taxpayers.
“We have to ask ourselves the question – how much do they really need? And hearing that bankers want to defer their bonuses so they can pocket more by saving through tax changes – don’t get me started.”
Elaine, who helped the Yes Scotland campaign launch a bid to win over trade unions on Friday, said it was awful that there are now food banks in Scotland.
“Many people don’t want to hear that because they fear that it gives a shoddy, tarnished image of Scotland.
“If you are a retired GP living in Broughty Ferry with a comfortable life and a great pension, driving a Merc to and from Marks & Spencer for your weekly shop and flying off to Majorca for a long weekend, maybe life isn’t that bad.
“But for too many of our citizens, that is a dream that they will never achieve.
“For me, the real poverty is the poverty of aspiration and a lack of hope.”
The actress, who played Susan Boyle on stage, defended the SNP’s insistence that benefits such as free prescriptions should be available to all.
“The question of universality and universal benefits is something I struggle with. I’ve questioned whether I needed child benefit when maybe I should give it to the woman along the road.
“Surely her need was greater than mine. But means-testing would cost even more.”
Elaine, a former Sunday Mail columnist, said a vote for independence would secure a fairer Scotland where the vulnerable were protected.
“There is an old saying that small is beautiful and I think the nearer politicians are to the people they represent, the harder they work and the nearer to accountable they are.”
Elaine believes you do not have to support the SNP to back independence.
“I campaigned for devolution, not as a nationalist but as someone who wanted progress. It is a small step to vote yes.”
She spoke after the head of the Yes Scotland campaign claimed independence would deliver a fairer tax system and stronger worker rights.
Responding to an STUC call for both sides in the debate to reveal how they would address the gap between the rich and the poor, Blair Jenkins said workers would be better protected and tax revenues more fairly raised and distributed in an independent Scotland.
“We believe the trade union movement will be able to deliver more of its agenda through Yes than No.”
But the campaign’s pledges were dismissed as vague, uncosted pie-in-the-sky promises by critics.
A Better Together spokesman said: “When it comes to people’s jobs, money and livelihoods, they don’t want warm words about how, if we close our eyes and believe, suddenly everything will be better.
“We all want to live in a better Scotland. But the nationalists are unable to give real evidence that separation would be the answer to any of Scotland’s problems.”