As I have expressed before I believe that the SNP Government in Holyrood should reject the Scotland Act and refuse to accept the recommendations in it, my opinion has not changed in any way.
I just can’t see any deal that will make Scotland stay neutral on revenue and I really hope John Swinney doesn’t accept something out of political expediency just so the SNP don’t get accused of scuppering the Scotland Act, this is bigger than the SNP this time, this is the countries immediate future and too important to be played games with.
Take Income Tax for example. For any Government in Holyrood to raise tax they must raise that tax across all bands. I have seen nothing that says any additional taxes raised over and above the block grant rules are not then deducted from the block grant. There is also the issue that wealthy people can move their tax address to avoid payment and those of us who are ordinary tax payers can’t, therefor any tax increase will more than likely impact more on the poorest. The failure to devolve Corporation Tax and VAT for example lays bare the trap that Westminster are putting forward and if we fall for it again then we deserve everything we get.
EVEL (English Votes for English Laws) has created a two tier Westminster and can have an impact on the Scottish budget through Barnett again but with Scottish MPs having no role in the major part of the debate. I am not against English MPs voting on English matters, that would be a good thing, but it would be a good thing in an English Parliament within a proper Federal System within the UK.
There are also powers that are demeaing in the extreme as far as I am concerned. The Scottish Government can appoint someone to the board of BBC ALBA, well hold me back. The Scottish Government can legislate over air weapons, help ma boab. The Scottish Government can have power over speed limits and road signs, can you just feel the economy growing.
Nothing less than full fiscal autonomy, as implied by the Vow, is acceptable. I don’t go with the slow creeping approach the SNP have taken around constitutional change and the actions of Labour have demonstrated that they really don’t want change at all. I suspect that many within Labour would be happy to scrap Holyrood and bring in a law that British is the only nationality on these islands.
The Liberal Democrats have been a disappointment from day one on this issue. The party of Federalism was shown to be the party of Unionism and unionist to the core, a party that continues to disappoint on constitutional issues and this confused position will always stop it from becoming more electable in the eyes of voters, if you don’t stand up for your own principles what do you stand up for.
The Scotland Act is a huge mistake and one that we may all pay a heavy price for. I have made no secret that my view of the current Government of the UK is not a positive one at all. I really think that the Conservatives are the scum of the earth and are embarking on an attack on our very way of life for most honest ordinary people, the fact that many people can’t or won’t see it is an embarrassment.
This is a country stinking in a system of privilege. To make it in politics you have to come from the right family, attend the right school or kiss the right arses. The hereditary system is shameful in the modern world and is designed to keep the rest of us in our place. You can only go as far as they (the system) allow you and if you dare try to rock the boat that system will trample all over you with the help of the state and it’s compliant media.
The Scotland Act, like TTIP, is a trap to ensure that the few at the top table and large corporations remain at the very top while removing your protections one tiny small step at a time until there is nothing left, but hey, you can worship wee George Windsor because he was born better than you and will be your King one day wether you like it or not, you ain’t getting no vote on the issue.
We really have to wake up to what is going on in our name and reject any measures that make us worse off than we are now, we need to fight back and we start with the rejection of the Scotland Act.