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  • Kelpiemare March 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    As ever, the SNP show their true colours….blue. If they attain independence, the people of Scotland will not be any better cared for, by SNP, than they are served by Westminster.

    Although they claimed the sick and disabled of Scotland would not have Atos deliver the criminal WCA, they forgot to mention Atos still hold the contract for that and have simply sub-contracted the delivery to NHS. To me, that simply means Atos programme with (their lackey’s) NHS face.

    • James MacTaggart March 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Why do you assume the SNP would form the government in an independent Scotland? Why can’t the Labour Party campaign to undo all the evils visited upon Scotland in the last 60 years? Why can’t people see that in the last 49 years, Scotland has voted consistently for Labour Governments at Westminster – and for 25 of these years has ended up with Tory governments. Devolution can’t stop the Bedroom Tax, any more than it can stop the billions spent on Trident or tax cuts for the most wealthy in our society. Scotland has now got a bigger gap between rich and poor, between life expectancy in Bearsden and the East End of Glasgow, than anywhere else in Europe – including Eastern Europe. It’s time to stop it. Ed Milliband may well win the 2015 General Election and do great things – but how many years will it be before the next Tory Govt, uninterested in and totally alien to Scotland’s needs, undoes it all again. There is no option but independence. I look forward to the first Labour Government of Independent Scotland – then we would REALLY be moving forward to a more equal society.

  • Anomie shrugs March 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Splintering the debate into subgroups – the deserving and undeserving poor, undermines the principle of subsistence welfare for all in need.

    The SNP were obviously going to attempt to make political capital out of the destitution and misery caused by the British political parties contempt for welfare and the collusion in the dismantling of the welfare system.

    The political challenge to the SNP should be stand and deliver the Scottish Welfare State preemptively.

  • Serenity March 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

    United we stand ! Divided we fall !
    Together we will save our Union.
    http://www.socialist-labour-party.org.uk/scotlandwales.html

  • Beerticker March 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Tory mantra – there’s nothing wrong with all poor people living in one house, all together, they can help each other….whilst we get on with enjoying our lives and spending the nations wealth … after all, it it ours, we’re entitled!!!

    • Annos March 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      “Tory mantra”…The strong survive, the weak shall perish.

  • David Moynagh March 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is little to do with under occupancy. It is just another very sinister tory punishment on people that the tories know full well do not vote for them. Another savage step on the tory pathway to despair and ethnic cleansing. Why do the people stand for this.

  • Annos March 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Tory/NuLab/LibDem/UKIP/BNP/SNP/SSP/Greens.

    Folks, its all one BIG club and you and I ain’t in it…

  • murphy March 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    On a related note: the Telegraph ran an article by IDS yesterday in support of the policy (obviously!) but the majority of the comments were against and their online poll was 82% AGAINST the bedroom tax!! Shows what a mess this is becoming when they can’t even count on support from a right-wing paper. Brilliant.

  • tom March 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Why are you deflecting the abhorrent consequences of Tory/Westminster policy on to the SNP in Holyrood? Why are you supporting a petition which saddles those affected with such debts as will make their lives intolerable, such debts will force people onto credit blacklists, require pre-payment for gas/electricity and even prevent them obtaining accounts for phone or internet access, purchase of basic household appilances and so on?

    Why not oppose this HB change than obsess over the form a debt will take? Why reproduce propaganda from the sickly Daily Record which is just a stenographer of mainstream mush and a criminal ruling elite’s chloroform for the masses.

    This site is deeply suspect as an ATOS/DWP honeypot. Muck-raking disinformation.

    • JJ March 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      We are doing all those things! But only a change in Scots law will guarantee that Scottish people will not end up being evicted by the Sheriff Court! How you can possibly oppose that whilst purporting to be part of the struggle is beyong me. You are the one who is suspect, pal.

  • Anomie shrugs March 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    … and instead requiring such under occupation arrears to be pursued as an ordinary debt.

    @tom has a good point to turn the shortfall into a debt is as abhorrent as the bedroom tax, the wording of the petition is suspect.

  • Annos March 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    “THE FIRM : SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENT LAW JOURNAL”

    “03 Sep 2012
    Online Exclusive: Mike’s blog – Within our reach”

    http://www.firmmagazine.com/features/1190/Online_Exclusive%3A_Mike%27s_blog_-_Within_our_reach_.html

  • Serenity March 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Why are you supporting a petition which saddles those affected with such debts as will make their lives intolerable, such debts will force people onto credit blacklists, require pre-payment for gas/electricity and even prevent them obtaining accounts for phone or internet access, purchase of basic household appilances and so on?
    Just one of the oppo JJ trying to put the fear up anyone thinking of not paying if the debt form is changed by inform/threat of consequences.

  • James MacTaggart March 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Ed Balls and the UK Labour Party have NOT said that they would do away with the Bedroom Tax if they win power. On the other hand, 91% of the Scottish MPs at Westminster DID vote against it. Significantly, that figure did NOT include three of the big noises in the Better Together campaign – Labour’s Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and Ian Davidson!! Scotland’s welfare system safe in Westminster’s hands? Don’t think so – whether it’s Tory OR Labour. It’s time the Scottish Labour MPs came home and fought to win a Labour Government in an independent Scotland. THEN we would get the governments and the policies we actually vote for.

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