The great abortion that is Holyrood is all abuzz. For the first time, the Scottish “Parliament” is preparing to exercise its semi-independent tax policy. Scottish Labour and the Limp Dims, predictably, couldn’t see an opportunity to put up tax rates they didn’t like. The fragrant Greens were chomping at the bit at the chance to impose a 60pc tax rate on those earning over £150,000 pa. The Scots Tories were quite sensibly arguing that making Scotland an even dearer place to live and do business was probably not the soundest approach to take.
What does our blessed Nicola do? Bottle it, of course. Whereas in the rUK a 40pc taxes is imposed for those earning in excess of £45,000 Scotland will impose that rate at £43,000. Having shown absolutely no ability to manage Scotland’s services, economy or education – Scotland is falling behind E*****d in all three, the Nats prove themselves no more capable of handling Scotland’s taxes. Scotland will still be the most-heavily taxed part of the UK, services are unlikely to be improved and the (dis)repute of Holyrood is unlikely to be helped. One wonders if the constant banging on about the EU, EEA, “Independence”, etc. are attempts to distract the increasingly dismayed Scottish population from the utter – and growing — incompetence of the Nats.