Story in full HOLYROOD was at the centre of a fresh expenses row last night after pensioners' groups attacked the generous allowances system which gives MSPs the right to claim back council tax and utility bills from the taxpayer.What we mustn't forget though is that politicians never pay tax. Nor does anyone else who works (sic) in the public (sic) sector. Taxation is something that is extracted by force from those of us who work in the productive parts of the economy. Those taxes are then used to finance the net wages of state employees. Any "tax" that these people seem to pay is merely a bookkeeping entry within their employing organisation.
The politicians were accused of double standards for failing to stop rocketing council tax bills for pensioners at the same time as sheltering behind the taxpayer for the very same bills.
Pensioners are right to be angry:
Jess Barrow, from Age Concern Scotland, said there was very real anger in the pensioner community over rising council tax bills.I have little doubt that MSPs would vote themselves sizable pay rises if the housing allowances had to go. What pensioners and their spokesmen need to focus on is the very size of government itself. Cut that, and the rest will fall into place.
She said: "They see rising council tax as eating away at any benefit they might have from their own savings or pensions and a lot feel extremely angry that they have paid all their own bills and taxes and they are being penalised."