Scotland should have a fuller role in the overall economic decision-making process in the UK and in the Chancellor's annual budget decisions.But the economy is not a devolved matter. It is dealt with at the UK level - as it happens at the moment by a Scottish Chancellor. If Mr. Lang wants a specifically Scottish input on economic matters, he should be calling for full fiscal freedom - that is for all taxes paid by Scots to be levied and collected by the Scottish parliament with suitable sums being sent to London for defence and any other non-devolved matters. Only then will Scottish politicians be made to act responsibly.
Monday 22 July 2002
The Barnett Formula.....
.....is designed to bring "gradual convergence in spending levels between Scotland and England." Former Tory Scottish Secretary, Ian Lang, says here that: