Scotland's First Minister Backs the Robin Hood Tax
Oxfam Scotland welcomes Alex Salmond’s public support for the Robin Hood Tax.
The First Minister used a radio phone-in today (Monday) to back a Financial Transaction Tax with the money spent on tackling poverty at home and abroad, and climate change.
During Radio Scotland’s Call Kay programme, Mr Salmond backed an international Robin Hood Tax – branding it: “such an attractive idea”.
He added: “I would speak up in favour of the concept”.
The First Minister questioned why the UK Government isn’t actively promoting the measure – which he says could raise “a huge amount of money” to tackle poverty and climate change.
Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland, said: “It’s great news that the First Minister is advocating the Robin Hood Tax.
“We’ve seen other European countries voicing similar support and they are now actively working towards the implementation of a Robin Hood Tax at the European level.
“More and more people believe Europe could lead the way and show that while a global tax would be ideal – like-minded countries can come together to adopt the Robin Hood Tax now.
“Within this context, Mr Salmond is right to call on the UK Government to champion it.
“He has added his voice to the growing number of international supporters of this tax and, by doing so, the First Minister is echoing the voices of ordinary Scots.
“A poll for Oxfam showed that 62% of Scots support the tax. The reason is simple: the Robin Hood Tax is about fairness.”
Mr Salmond’s intervention comes a day after Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Scotland’s most senior Catholic, called on the Prime Minister David Cameron to back the tax.
Mr Salmond has joined the growing list of political, business and civic leaders who support the measure including: the billionaire businessman Bill Gates, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the investor Warren Buffett.
Alex Salmond joins Caryn Jones, the Welsh First Minister, who called for the tax in February.