SNP envoy says indirect tax will rise

The Scottish National Party
has refused to rule out tax rises in an independent Scotland, prompting
political rivals to claim it had made a serious gaffe in its economic policy.

, the SNP’s economics spokesman, said of the possible tax rise: ‘There
is no orthodoxy we will not challenge’. Mather also said raising income taxes
would be ‘naive’. 

Detractors said this went against the party line for a local income tax
replacing council tax.

The Labour party savaged the comments, with Tony Blair saying Mather had
revealed the true nature of the SNP’s tax policy. 

Mather argued his comments had been ‘badly misconstrued’,
The Scotsman
reported.  He added that the SNP would actually reduce the overall tax burden by
increasing revenues through an improved economy.

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