Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway was keen to get answers over how the First Minister of Scotland planned to cover the costs of the promises made in the SNP’s manifesto. As she revealed calculations done for the show explained the cost would be much higher than the amount of money brought in by Scottish taxes, Sturgeon was left squirming as she tried to defend her plans.
“Looking at some of your manifesto commitments, you are promising to fund the NHS with an increase of 20 percent to abolish dental charges and to freeze income tax as far as I know,” Garraway began.
“The mathematicians have done their sums and food that the differences between the axes you would take in and what you want to spend is £40billion.
“So, how can you afford it?” Garraway asked.
Sturgeon squirmed as she replied: “I haven’t seen that calculation.
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“I mean the Scottish parliament’s entire budget is only about £40billion so I’m not quite sure where that calculation comes from.
“That is completely and utterly wrong. Let me tell you exactly what our manifesto would cost and how we would pay for it.
“So by the end of the term of parliament, and we’re talking resourced revenue spending here, which is the day to day spending, the commitments in our manifesto total about £1billion over and above what we spend right now.”
It came after Sturgeon insisted she would not work alongside Alex Salmond.
“The polls would suggest and polls are only polls, I can see that Alex Salmond’s party is not likely to be a big presence in the Scottish parliament after Thursday.
“But the basic principle of democracy is if there is a majority of MSPs elected favouring an independence referendum then that is a mandate for that.”
Viewers were quick to comment on Sturgeon’s interview with many questioning her plans for another independence referendum.
“So if Scotland get independence, are they going to pay their part of the debt for being in the UK and being able to do the goings they have while being in the UK, ie how are they going to pay for the NHS,” one viewer asked.
Another posted: ”Standard rhetoric. No questions about which currency Scotland will use without having its own Central Bank and not being about to use the GBP and not being about to join the EU without using the Euro. Let’s not forget the long term finances when oil is finished.”
A third questioned: “Can someone explain to me why she wants to leave the UK, yet she wants to join the failing EU?
“This would produce a hard border between Scotland and the rest of the UK. Can someone from Scotland explain please.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.