Everyone has a view on the parliament - but if you could turn back time and start again with the hundreds of millions of pounds eventually spent on the site, what would you do with it?The paper has asked a selection of the great and the good what would they do with the cash. The answers are, sadly, somewhat predictable. Almost all of the respondents call for "public" expenditure of one sort or another. But what of freedom, and indeed whisky?
The Owner of Glengoyne whisky distillery says:
If I was going to be flippant, I would give several bottles of whisky to each member of the public - £431 million divided by Scotland’s population of about five million people is £86 and that equates to around four bottles of good single malt for every single person.Mr Russell doesn't seem to realise that private education is far more appreciated in India and China than in Scotland. Putting even more taxpayers' money into the maw of the Scottish state education system would be a disaster. It would be far less "flippant" to let us have the four bottles of malt!
But if I was going to be serious about it, I would divert the money into education because if Scotland is to remain competitive in the global economy it has to educate the population.
China and India both have extremely well-educated populations and salaries in those countries are relatively low compared to ours.
As for freedom, AL Kennedy gives what is the correct answer to the Scotsman's question:
why not just give everyone £86, or let everyone who wants to claim it so that if some people don’t, everyone else can get £87 or whatever it turns out to be?Unfortunately, Ms Kennedy spoils thing by prefixing her answer with this:
The sensible answer is to spend it on something useful like public services, healthcare and education.Oh dear.
Of course, the really correct answer would be to give the £431 million back to the taxpayers in proportion to how it was collected.