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Salmond outlines SNP plans to tackle spending gap

the iceberg poster
The "Iceberg Election" poster has been issued by the SNP

Alex Salmond has accused his political rivals of holding an "iceberg election" by hiding the true scale of their proposed spending cuts.

The SNP leader claimed other parties have only admitted to a fraction of the plans they have for the economy.

Mr Salmond said reports had shown Scotland could lose up to £35bn in spending cuts in the next 15 years.

He outlined how his party would close the gap, through plans such as scrapping the Trident missile system.

At a briefing in Edinburgh, Mr Salmond said: "I've been calling this the iceberg election because the London parties have been determined to hide the full nature of their cuts agenda throughout the course of this campaign.

"They've made visible only a mere fraction of the plans that they have, leaving out the billions of pounds additional cuts below the surface.

"Like an iceberg, it is that enormous bit that remains unseen that poses the greatest risk and threatens the greatest damage."

Efficiency savings

Mr Salmond said the SNP's plans to close the gap would include scrapping the Trident programme, the House of Lords and the Scotland Office.

A second phase of 2% annual efficiency savings would be delivered over the next three years, with a strategy for growth of 1% a year to fill the remaining spending gap.

He added: "Today we are now, and for this last week of the campaign, the only party to say how we are going to address the spending gap - how we can protect Scotland from the cuts threatened by all three of the London parties."



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