Sunday 11 August 2002

Scottish taxation

The question of who levies taxes in Scotland is not going to go away. According to a new poll, 70% of Scots now think that taxes should be set and collected by the Scottish parliament and not by Westminster. Last week, a leading Tory MSP called for "full fiscal freedom" which is the term used to denote devolution of tax powers. Now, I favour as little taxation as possible but the spendthrifts in the Scottish parliament will not mend their ways until they can be held fully responsible for their profligacy. The Labour party dominates Scotttish government, local and national. Why is it so scared of financial accountability?