Monday, April 11, 2005

Bad news for Scotland, good news for England

A BBC Scotland poll has shown that most people in Scotland want higher spending on schools, hospitals and pensions and would pay more tax to finance it. Apart from teh fact most voters are typically happy for others to pay more tax, but never themselves (they pay enough already don't you know!!) I have to welcome this news as it seems that the Barnett formula (Allocates Government spending to the four countries of the United Kingdom) may be changed if Labour are returned to power and the "favourable spending outcome for Scotland" that the formula currently generates may be reduced. I'm sure the Scots will welcome paying that little bit more. I'm surprised that Labour isn't highlighting this "good news" south of the border!!

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