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Draft response to SNP manifesto - never submitted - April 2015
I read with interests this week the outline of the SNP election manifesto, and its spending commitments.

Unfortunately although many of the ideas taken individually and in unison are sensible, together they potentially represent a unaffordable wish list both in the manner they are portrait and the funding expectations that go with them.

We do in fact have the accumulated wealth in this country to meet many of the manifesto commitments, but we have two factors inhibiting this.

The first is our an obsession with often punitive upper tax levels, which potential discourage investment and hard work.

Secondly as a society we have developed a singular blindness to the huge amount of wealth moving from generation to generation via loopholes and exemptions in our inheritance regime. This is often accrued and not earned wealth.

As a result  we are simply failing to make the countries wealth work for all to create the  opportunity society which the Liberal Party believes is wholly affordable and in step with our constitutional commitment to a
society where all its citizen shall possess liberty, property and security, and none shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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