Tax lev­els will have to rise af­ter sep­a­ra­tion

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Your cor­re­spon­dent Yowann Byghan is clearly a staunch sup­porter of the SNP and lists some of its ‘achieve­ments’.

Th­ese in­clude such things as free tu­ition for stu­dents, lack of pre­scrip­tion charges, free school meals and so on. There is cer­tainly a long list of th­ese free­bies that we have to thank the SNP for – or per­haps I should say the English tax­payer. Be­fore push­ing for in­de­pen­dence, SNP sup­port­ers should ask them­selves where does the money come from for all th­ese ben­e­fits, and where would it come from if Scot­land were to be­come in­de­pen­dent?

Can it be that the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion is so ef­fi­cient com­pared to that in Eng­land that it can fund all th­ese thing from the same tax lev­els as in Eng­land? Of course not; and, if we were in­de­pen­dent, per­sonal and busi­ness tax lev­els would have to rise sharply to cover the loss of sup­port from Eng­land.

Fur­ther­more, in dis­agree­ing with the UK pop­u­la­tion over Brexit it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the largest part of Scot­land’s trade is with the rest of the UK. In­ci­den­tally, 62 per cent of the Scot­tish pop­u­la­tion did not vote to re­main part of the EU as only 67 per cent of vot­ers both­ered to vote and so the fig­ure was much less than 50 per cent. Our First Min­is­ter would be wise to col­lab­o­rate with the West­min­ster gov­ern­ment to achieve the best re­sult for the UK, in­clud­ing Scot­land, in­stead of be­hav­ing like a spoiled child and try­ing to cause as much trou­ble as pos­si­ble.

In the run up to 2014, we were told that the in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum was once in a gen­er­a­tion. We did not vote for it and if Nicola is able to waste our money on an­other vote she will lose again. I write as a Scot­tish na­tion­al­ist, but I be­lieve we should pro­tect our unique Scot­tish iden­tity, but within the United King­dom. ro o in a id­son Ti h nan i ean Ard ern.

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