Commenting on the speech by Ed Miliband today (Tuesday), SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said there was nothing in the speech for Scotland, which explained why the latest polls showed that Scots had given the Labour leader and his party a massive thumbs down.
Polling data released by ICM yesterday evening showed Mr Miliband with a dissatisfaction rating of minus 26% in Scotland compared to minus 14% across the UK.
The Scottish ratings also exceed those in the Tory heartlands of the South of England where the figure is minus 16%
The party breakdowns for Scotland also show the SNP on 46% to Labour’s 37% on Westminster voting intentions. Both the LibDems and Tories are in single figures.
Mr Robertson said:
“Ed Miliband totally ignored Scotland in his speech, and in so doing confirmed why Scots have given Labour a massive thumbs down.
“It is completely disingenuous for Ed Miliband to attack the same vested interests that thrived under the last Labour government. This speech was an acknowledgement of thirteen years of Labour failure.
“Voters across Scotland know that it is the SNP that has a clear vision for Scotland and it is the SNP and Alex Salmond that are providing the only alternative to the UK government’s programme of cuts.”
Mr Robertson claimed that Labour had nothing to offer Scotland and added:
“And at a time of real difficulty, the five-year council tax freeze from the SNP is protecting household budgets as people struggle to meet rising living costs.
“The SNP are the right party at the right time to take Scotland forward and to deliver an alternative to a lacklustre Labour party and a damaging Tory/LibDem coalition.”