Friday, 5 September 2008

Scotland's freedom to tax itself

News that Gordon Brown is going to give Scotland the chance to pay for its own decisions should be welcomed by all taxpayers in England and Scotland. It should allow a reduction in the multi-billion pound subsidy we pay for their free social care, free tuition at university for everybody except English students and free car parking at hospitals, the affordability of which the Scottish health minister seemed singularly unable to explain this week, leaving hospitals to cut patient care to foot the bill.

Scottish taxpayers will benefit if they suddenly realise there is no such thing as a free lunch (or university education) and recognise that with financial power comes individual responsibility. Of course, if the SNP continue to pretend otherwise, they will have to raise taxes, which might not appeal so much to their voters. So, a win-win situation all round, then. So what if the SNP think they've won a great victory - for now.

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