The SNP, not Labour, is the real radical and progressive party

Jeremy Corbyn often likes to brand himself and his party as ‘radical’, without acknowledging that the SNP goes further and have already delivered tangible, transformative change in Scotland.

This year’s Labour conference has been full of promises to deliver things that the SNP Scottish Government has been delivering for years, such as free prescriptions, free personal care for over-65s, free tuition, and much more.

The SNP are the real radical party that can deliver progress rather than just talk about it – and we place no limit on our ambitions for Scotland.

🤦‍♂️ Labour’s ‘jobs first’ Brexit is a myth – we firmly oppose it.

There’s nothing radical about fence-sitting, and a lack of Labour’s clear Brexit policy means that they’re reduced to soundbites while Westminster is in chaos.

Their abdication of responsibility as the ‘official opposition’ at this critical time only makes it easier for Boris Johnson to plunge us down an extreme Brexit cliff edge.

More than three years on from the EU referendum, Jeremy Corbyn still can not bring himself to say whether he backs Leave or Remain.

The Scottish Government’s and the UK Government’s own analysis shows that every Brexit scenario will be most damaging to those on lowest incomes, and leaving the EU single market – which Labour is keeping on the table – will slash 80,000 jobs in Scotland within a decade.

Meanwhile, we believe that we’re better off in the EU and we’re crystal clear in standing by our convictions.

☮️ The SNP are opposed to Trident nuclear weapons, unlike Labour.

Labour’s latest manifesto backed the renewal of Trident, which could end up costing at up to £205 billion.

Committing to weapons of mass destruction is not ‘for the many’, it is an appalling waste of money and is morally wrong.
 The SNP is firmly against Trident and always will be.

We want to see a world free from nuclear weapons, and cancelling Trident would allow for a huge investment in jobs, homes, education and health; improving the lives of people across Scotland and the rest of the UK, without threatening the lives of others.

🎓 We will always keep education free.

Despite promising to scrap university tuition fees in 2017, the Welsh Labour government continues to impose extortionate fees of £9,295 a year on students in Wales.

Only a year after coming into power, in 2008, we abolished tuition fees – which were introduced by Tony Blair’s Labour government in the first place – because we firmly believe that education is a fundamental right, not a commodity.

🛌 We are mitigating the cruel bedroom tax and establishing a new Scottish Social Security system.

Despite being in government in Wales, Labour has not taken all the steps it could to mitigate the worst impacts of Tory policies, such as the bedroom tax.

We are spending £115 million a year to protect Scotland from the bedroom tax, and introducing numerous new benefits designed to help families and give children the best start in life. In contrast to Tory callousness and Labour inaction, we are creating a new social security system with dignity and fairness at its heart.

🌍 We’re taking world-leading action to promote renewables and tackle the climate emergency.

While Labour made a big announcement out of their promise to introduce interest-free loans for electric cars, the SNP Scottish Government is already delivering them.

Scottish Labour, meanwhile, voted against it – along with many other policies Labour just proposed at their conference – at the last Scottish Budget.

Actions to tackle the global climate emergency – such as investing in renewable energy, sustainable transport and green jobs through the Green New Deal for Scotland – are at the heart of our Programme for Government, and consolidate Scotland’s global leadership on this issue.

🚉 Labour only talks about nationalising railways – we work to make it possible.

Welsh Labour’s 2016 manifesto promised to “deliver a new, not-for-profit rail franchise from 2018”. This has not happened, and instead, the Labour government in Wales has just awarded a new 15-year franchise to a private operator. Labour talks about public ownership, but their record tells a whole different story. 

Meanwhile, we have been leading the charge for powers over our railways, and we have made it possible for a public-sector body to run the next ScotRail franchise.

 🗳 Labour desperately denies Scotland a say on its future – we choose to trust the people.

Labour stand shoulder to shoulder with the Tories to vehemently oppose the Scottish people’s right to choose their constitutional future.

In contrast, we believe that Scotland’s future should be in Scotland’s hands and that with independence, Scotland can be a beacon of prosperity, equality, and progressive values.

Rather than just talk about being radical, we are taking tangible, pioneering actions in government to transform our society. We are proud of our record, but we know there’s a lot more to do.

Join us and support our work in building a fairer, healthier, wealthier, greener, better Scotland.