ref date:12 Nov 2000 (ECON)
SNP want greater control over Scottish taxation
John Swinney, the new leader of the SNP in Scotland is hinting strongly
that although the SNP will re-affirm its goal of full Scottish independence
at some point, that it wants more immediate control over all aspects
of taxation on matters 'devolved' to the Scottish parliament e.g. fuel taxes
and road taxes.
Many Scots seem aware they are being short changed over many matters
regarding devolution but seem incapable of making the logical jump
to the conclusion that London does not want to see Scotland in charge
of its own destiny and therein lies the saddest story of modern Western democracy at the moment.
Although John Reid, a true pro London man has said the devolution act is cast
in stone, even McLeish with his limited capacity has said " Scotland was only scratching the surface of devolution".
Lets see what happens when the SNP put pressure on whether we see the pro Scots-English Union McLeish or the SCOTSMAN McLeish, I suspect the former personality will
reassert itself as Labour is LONDONS TOOL OVER SCOTLAND.