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It is "fair" to call myself a hypocrite of private education, says the Scottish Labor leader

Anas Sarwar has admitted that it is "fair" to call him a hypocrite after revealing plans to attack private education despite sending his own children to paid school. The Scottish Labor Manifesto, released on Thursday, calls for the revocation of the nonprofit status of private schools and an end to all public sector support. The document states that such a policy would serve as "a contribution to the achievement of a more socially just and inclusive society". Mr Sarwar, the party leader, is sending his own children to Hutchesons High School in Glasgow, which he also attended, and currently has annual fees of up to £ 12,924 per student. When asked if he was a "hypocrite and humbug" for sending his own sons to private school when his own party portrayed them as a force for social injustice, the father of three admitted that criticism of him was justified . "I am open to the fair question and criticism people are making of the decision my wife and I made about our children," he said. “I want every child to have an opportunity, so we're putting our educational comeback plan at the heart of this manifesto. "There are various forms of inequality and prejudice my children will face that other children will not face, (but) that still means that I have criticized the choice I made about my children's education, accept. " Mr Sarwar also insisted that his support for the Union was an “outright” dispute in which he promised to “double” his attempt to win back voter support for independence during the last fortnight of the Holyrood campaign. The manifesto includes a commitment not to support an independence referendum and warns that a repeated vote would lead to economic instability and "constitutional turmoil". Mr Sarwar claimed that the "political bubble" was wrong to focus on the Constitution and, while he has not yet had a breakthrough in opinion polls, his plan to appeal across constitutional differences is working. He was introduced at the launch of the manifesto by a Glasgow business owner who said she was a lifelong SNP voter before joining Labor. "I will examine each topic separately," said Sarwar about the possible support for the SNP from Nicola Sturgeon in the next parliament. “But does that mean that I am not getting involved in the constitutional position? Absolutely not. I do not support independence and I do not support a referendum. Labor renamed its manifesto a 'national recovery plan', proposing giving each adult £ 75 to spend on main roads and offering government-subsidized vacations in Scotland to help boost the ailing tourism industry. However, the party did not propose an immediate increase in income tax. It is said that if there is a need to increase revenue in the next term, rates should go up for those earning £ 100,000 or more. The better could also be hit if Labor finds its way into the council tax, which the party believes should be scrapped and replaced with "a fairer alternative based on property values ​​and solvency".