SNP hoisted by their own petard

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Opinion -

SIR, – Scot­tish Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Derek Mackay seeks to play the usual SNP vic­tim­hood card by de­mand­ing a level play­ing field in the mat­ter of VAT payable by Po­lice and Fire ser­vices in the UK (Press and Jour­nal, Fe­bru­ary 14).

He should bear in mind that there was in­deed a level play­ing field be­fore the SNP Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment chose to change the pitch by amal­ga­mat­ing the var­i­ous re­gional po­lice and fire ser­vices, thus bring­ing them within the scope of VAT. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has been well and truly hoist by its own petard to the tune of £35mil­ion.

John Duff, The Gra­nary, Clu­niebank Road, Brae­mar.

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