Something that I am finding increasingly annoying about the SNP and YES activists is this below:
I see this a lot on social media, being used in conversations with unionists, and those ignorant of what is happening in Scotland.
You see the problem for myself is twofold, firstly they are not free, and secondly by expressing the sentiment in a way to show the benefits of an SNP Government, and I totally get why they do it, we stoke up both ignorance and anti Scottish feeling like the famous quote below from the last referendum.
Around the same time back in 2007 Simon Jenkins wrote in the Guardian
“The truth of Scotland’s economy is that, like most of Salmond’s voters, it depends on London money”
Many people still believe this crap, the unionists believe this crap, the media report this crap, and we don’t help ourselves by implying that everything is free in Scotland. I recently tweeted
in response to this view. The simple fact is we more than pay our way, if anything historically the issue of subsidy may even be that Scotland overall has subsidised the rest of the U.K. but we will probably never know given how little economic data is actually recorded from Scotland. I appreciate I might be being pedantic but I really do find this annoying. I totally support the SNP Governments policies in all of those areas and in areas like school meals would like to see them extended but they are not free, at the end of every month I can see the tax and national insurance I pay, while I’m not a high earner it is still a fair bit of my salary so can we please stop saying we get services free.