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Member Since: Tue, 17th Nov 2009

Number of Share Chat Posts (all time): 582
Number of Share Chat Posts (last 30 days): 0

Last Posted: 27 May '14

27 May '14

You can't really write them off. We don't know how football skills in Scotland will develop when it becomes a third world province of London. Maybe there will be a revival of football and boxing skills when there is feck all left to aspire to!
14 Feb '14

I resent that the vast amounts of stamp duty I have paid over the years on share transactions, is credited to London, further skewing the figures!
14 Feb '14

Thanks. I found the link to the full Financial Times article. but a bunch more information is available from Business for Scotland on the web or facebook.
14 Feb '14

AntsPants says "You already get more than your fair share via the Barnett formula and many of us south of the border would like to see that arrangement scrapped not beefed up further." However, I would doubt that anybody knows what the Barnett formula is, never mind how much Scotland's fair share is. Even the esteemed gentleman himself.

What the Barnett formula was intended to do, was to address inequalities in service provision because of geography, sparseness of population, poor public health and welfare, lack of suitable housing, length of public roads systems, ferries, number of inhabited islands,(in my former county there are 27 inhabited islands), provision of rural schools and hospitals, distance from markets, effects of severe weather etc. etc.

It was devised in the days when Labour believed in "Regional Policy" unlike today when the market rules, and London sucks the rest of Britain dry. It is simply not possible to provide equivalent services for the same cost, and to argue for per head distribution of financial resources is stupid. What's more, it is blatantly unfair when the amount of tax paid per head in Scotland is hugely in excess of what is paid by those in the rest of the UK.

For the sake of clarity, an analysis of the basic information from GERS, published in the Financial Times, shows that Scotland more than pays its way and has in fact subsidised the rest of the UK for as long as the figures have been available.
14 Feb '14

I am glad to see that the response to my last post has been in the main measured and reasonable with only a couple of posts about Salmond's and Sturgeon's appearance which reflect the normal standard of the NO campaign. This contrasts with the out and out racism that I have seen from the BNP element on this and most other boards when the subject is raised.

I would like to present some facts on the financial side of the debate which I hope will assist people's decisions about investment in the months and years ahead, but first I offer a short preamble:

About one in ten people, living in Scotland, are English. About one in ten members of the SNP are English and about one in ten of SNP MSPs are English. There is also a Frenchman to represent me! This is not about nationalism as this interview with an English ex. pat. living in Scotland will clarify.

The real reason why we are where we are is that the country is broken and many people believe that it will not be fixed by Westminster. They are also sick to the back teeth with being called "scroungers" by the Daily Mail and most of the main stream media who always only show expenditure and never include income. This has led to an explosion of information on the internet which has engaged a whole generation or two in the debate. CONTD.

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