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Scottish Labour Party wants to introduce a living wage

The Scottish Labour Party has today suggested a living minimum wage in Scotland which would be set at over seven pound an hour. However, one drawback with regards to the Scottish Labour Party suggestion is the fact that it would appear only public sector workers would benefit from this initially. The party hopes that it would then be able to force private sector companies to introduce a "living wage" although quite why the public sector deserves to be looked after before private sector employees remains something of a mystery.

At a time when the UK government is looking to slash the public sector budget how bizarre that the Scottish Labour Party is suggesting increasing the minimum wage in the public sector with literally hundreds of thousands of job losses expected over the coming months. This could play into the hands of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and place further distance between the two separate political entities.

There are some who believe that the appointment of Ed Miliband as the new Labour leader is a significant lurch back to left. However, in many ways the Labour Party cannot win because many wanted to ditch the Tony Blair "new Labour" era but appeared unwilling to return back to the party's roots.

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