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General election 2015: Twitter reacts to SNP manifesto with hilarious creativity

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21 April 2015

The SNP has just launched its manifesto, and while Nicola Sturgeon provided further insight on where her party stood on various policies, Twitter was more concerned with another of her announcements.

Sturgeon has refused to rule out a second Scottish referendum, which has inspired a series of creative tweets outlining other things #NotRuledOutByTheSNP. We’ve rounded up some of the best below.

After her performance in the TV debates saw Sturgeon’s profile rise among subsequent polls, all eyes were on the SNP leader to see just what its manifesto would prioritise. We had already heard much on the alternative approach advocated towards austerity, but Sturgeon also provided specific backing on some Labour policies for the first time. She committed to Labour’s mansion tax and the tax for bankers, alongside the call to abolish zero-hour contracts – a particularly contentious issue of late.

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While the party will only be standing in the 59 Scottish constituencies, the SNP sought to position itself as a party of “progressive politics for the whole UK”. Sturgeon encouraged an increase of UK spending of 0.5 per cent a year, allowing for at least £140bn extra investment in the economy and public services. She also pushed for an increase in minimum wage to £8.70 by 2020, as well as the restoration of the 50p top income tax rate, for those earning over £150,000. The money saved from not renewing Trident, would, Sturgeon claimed, be invested in education, childcare and the NHS.

The ongoing issue of Scottish independence was still on the agenda, and the manifesto pledged to use SNP votes at Westminster to ensure the promises made during the referendum are fully delivered. There was also a call for the Smith Commission proposals to be totally delivered, with the prioritisation of early devolution regarding employment policy powers. 

Twitter, though, had other priorities…