The Scotsman reports that Theresa May has attacked the SNP’s policies on tax and education, saying she is “concerned” about Scotland’s decline in international league tables and the rising tax burden on the middle class.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the Prime Minister said: “[The Union] is very important to me. I made that point when I first became Prime Minister in my speech in Downing Street outside No10.”
Following the passage of the Scottish budget, which uses new tax powers to raise taxes for those earning more than £26,000, Mrs May said voters were entitled to ask: “Why are we paying more than the rest of the UK?”
“It’s not just about the economy, because if they look around and they look at what’s happened on Scottish education, for example, they’ve got a right to say, ‘Why are we paying more when we see that our education standards are slipping?
“That means our children aren’t getting the same sort of opportunities and prospects that children across the rest of the UK have.’”
“Are their kids getting a good quality of education? Will their children have an opportunity to get to university?
“Sadly, whereas in England we have seen more disadvantaged students going to university, in Scotland we are seeing fewer. This is not good. This is affecting people’s life chances.
“As I say, the SNP needs to take independence off the table and just get on with the day job, and focus on the things that matter to people.”
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