'No Chancellor can justify a tax rate that damages our economy and raises next to nothing." This is a direct quote of the justification used by the Chancellor in the budget for the reduction of the 50p tax rate to 45p; it only raises £3.5 billion in a full a year and only about £1bn in the first year as it was mainly avoided.
Now, David Cameron claims saving £2bn a year is a good reason to distort family life and make those under 25 live at home with parents by removing housing benefit from young people.
The "no to independence" campaign led by Alistair Darling should be ashamed (Better together launches with a media blitz, News, June 24). Neither the old Labour party nor the real Liberals would ever have got into bed with the Tories. Principled leaders like Jo Grimond or Clement Attlee from yesteryear will be turning in their graves. It is clear that we are far better in an independent country with a fair society that does not dance to the tune of "the market", the bankers or the rich boys from public schools. The UK, Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson report, is rapidly slipping down the slope in status in comparison to those that used to be called developing countries (If Britain is going south, has Scotland got what it takes to jump ship, Essay of the week, June 24). We in Scotland must break away from the dead hand of London and set up an entrepreneurial society that takes us forward by earning our keep.
Inherited wealth or titles must not automatically lead to places at the decision-making table. Similarly, we must avoid letting those with the loudest voices or the backing of block votes take charge. While the SNP have done a relatively good job while in power, they must be held to account. The Labour Party in Scotland have been a disgrace over the last few years. While in power they used the Liberals as poodles and in opposition it has been: anything proposed by the SNP must be wrong and voted against. Despite being difficult to manage we must stick with proportional representation so that there must be government by at least some agreement.
The Better Together campaign say that there will be "no going back" if we vote to end the Union. Has any nation, after gaining or regaining independence, ever asked to go back? What we want is to go forward into a better future for ourselves in Scotland and to contribute to a better future worldwide.
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