The SNP seems to have been leapt upon by the left of Scottish politics with great relish. This has undoubtedly swelled the ranks of its membership (and its coffers), but should perhaps come with a warning.
A recent poll says that more SNP voters would oppose tax rises in Scotland to fund increased welfare. Scots overwhelmingly rejecting the idea, with only 30% polled supporting paying for more welfare in Scotland.
This should go some way to disabusing the socialist movement of its particularly unwholesome brand of Scottish exceptionalism. For a party that has been hugely successful in developing its aims away from negative, ethnic connotations and towards civic nationalism, the idea that somehow Scots are morally superior to English and Welsh should be unsettling.
But while they probably won’t notice as they continue to wallow in curious self-congratulation, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance has announced that he is giving Scottish local authorities the power to cut local business rates. This announcement, not dissimilar to the Chancellor George Osborne’s recent announcement, means that the SNP in government have frozen council tax, shunned the Scottish Parliament’s existing ability to raise income tax, promised in their referendum manifesto to cut corporation tax below that of the UK (which is already relatively low), and now given local councils the ability to cut another business tax.
Obviously John Swinney pays more attention to what the Scottish people actually want, rather than listening to socialists tell other socialists about how much more socialist Scots supposedly are.