Ob­scene re­veal

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

It’s a sad re­flec­tion in this en­light­ened age that with child poverty in­creas­ing and food banks labour­ing un­der aus­ter­ity the char­ity Shel­ter has launched an ur­gent ap­peal, as home­less­ness in Scot­land has af­fected a stag­ger­ing 28,297 house­holds. In the Scottish work­ing pop­u­la­tion new re­search has re­vealed that nearly one in five Scots are still earn­ing be­low the real liv­ing wage in this richly en­dowed na­tion. In stark con­trast, the £120 bil­lion lost to the UK ex­che­quer in tax avoid­ance and eva­sion is ut­terly ob­scene.

The shock­ing rev­e­la­tions about the UK’S tax avoid­ance schemes for the rich and pow­er­ful, through off­shore bank ac­counts – none of which are ap­par­ently il­le­gal – are fully com­pli­ant with this Tory gov­pos­i­tive ern­ment. And since the ma­jor­i­tyof the me­dia is owned by the UK es­tab­lish­ment the hege­mony of the cor­rupt rul­ing classes is as­sured ir­re­spec­tive of aus­ter­ity, West­min­ster sleaze, tax-avoid­ance, low wages and the rest.

When it comes to tax dodg­ing on a grand scale, con­trary to Gor­don Brown’s re­cent ut­ter­ances, both Labour and Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tions have been com­plicit in look­ing the other way – a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that pun­ishes hon­esty and in­no­cence and re­wards greed and avarice must not sur­vive.

As this lead­er­less mi­nor­ity Tory gov­ern­ment dis­in­te­grates it is vi­tal democ­racy is res­cued and a firm stance taken against moral cor­rup­tion. Since Scot­land is be­ing dragged out of Europe against the will of its peo­ple by a dis­as­trous Bri­tish far right Brexit ide­ol­ogy, the only log­i­cal op­tion is to vote for com­plete in­de­pen­dence, leav­ing proud England to find its own way in a post-im­pe­rial world.

GRANT FRAZER Cru­achan, New­ton­more

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