Early this morning we heard:
‘The Scottish Government needs to take urgent action to stop the equivalent of a classroom of children a day falling into poverty according to a leading (sic) think tank. IPPR Scotland calculates that without new measures being introduced, 50 000 more children will be affected by 2024. It’s calling on the government to bring forward plans to introduce a new family income supplement. The Scottish Government says it will report progress on the supplement next month.’
GMS has hours in which to report fully so, there was no excuse for missing this key point:
‘The new family income supplement is an attempt to compensate for Tory austerity.’
As for the IPPR Scotland, back in 2014, we could read:
‘The Charity Commission has concluded that the charitable think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research “exposed itself to the perception that it supported the development of Labour Party policy” when it launched a document earlier this year.’
Remember this was the pre-Corbyn, centre-right New Labour Party being referred to.
Moving on to Director, Russel Gunson, see this from the Scotsman in 2007:
‘Two parliamentary researchers, Kezia Dugdale, who works for the Labour MSP Lord Foulkes, and Russell Gunson, who works for fellow MSP Claire Baker, were seconded to Ms Alexander’s office last night to replace Mr Marr on a temporary basis before a permanent replacement can be found. Mr Marr’s departure followed the exit of Brian Lironi, who quit after apparently finding it difficult to work for the Scottish Labour leader. A party spokesman said two new spin doctors would be appointed by the end of the year, in place of Mr Lironi, and it was hoped to replace Mr Marr soon after that.’
Gunson clearly has a long association with the Labour Party, not mentioned on the IPPR site or anywhere else, and even spent some time in the jungle of Labour Party politics as stand-in spin doctor with Kez. I smell a rat, like the ones we saw all over Kez’s face a year or two ago. Actually, it’s probably Lord Foulkes I smell.
And, it’s clearly not over, see this Dugdale email only two years ago:
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7th December, 2016 10:25 am
Next time you see the IPPR (Scotland) called ‘a leading think tank’, in an attack on the SNP, remember this.
Finally, what did GMS not tell us today? See: