Opinion – Scotland’s referendum: Britain survives | The Economist – John Gelmini

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Before Dr Alf and others, like the “teenage scribblers” at the Economist get too full of euphoria, it is perhaps worth looking at what happens next.

Clearly, the Barnett Formula in its present form must go, along with the other subsidies to the people of Scotland and the Celtic fringe.

If the Scots are to have more “tax raising powers”, then so must everyone else, and there has to be a recognition that the taxes the Scots raise must be from their own people and not from the rest of us.

The same has to apply to Wales and Northern Ireland and without wishing to visit a second “Harrowing of the North” on the people of the North-East, they must be left in no doubt that people in the South of England and London cannot be a “Good Samaritan” and Father Christmas every day of the week.

People in Cornwall have their own “Braveheart ” in the person of Michael Ango and already they make demands for the use of their own language and even road-signs.

Like my idle nephew who has left home and continues to want to be subsidized, whilst dreaming of becoming Hertfordshire’s answer to Stephen Spielberg, the people of each of these regions need to be made to understand that there is no more “free lunch” and that with greater autonomy comes a responsibility to stand on your own two feet and shape one’s own destiny.

David Cameron is a weak negotiator and Miliband and Clegg too keen to appease people using taxpayers money.

To my mind, there is no negotiation, just a setting out of the facts of life. But we will be told that it is a negotiation and that in this case it is up to the Scottish people, despite the fact that the other 55 million of us are the ones paying for it all and the ones with no say in the matter.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Danny Alexander: I am as patriotic a Scot as any nationalist – Telegraph – John Gelmini

First Minister Alex Salmond

First Minister Alex Salmond (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Like Dr Alf I agree with Danny Alexander on this one thing.

That said, even if the Scots decide to remain in the Union, they will demand more and create international uncertainty, which will cause foreign governments and potential investors to not be so willing to invest here or listen to what the UK Government says.

This not least because they will never really know how long any agreement they reach with the British Government will last or whether other elements of the Celtic fringe or the Orkney’s and Shetland Islands are prepared to break away.

Already the larger regions like the NorthEast, parts of the NorthWest and Cornwall are getting restless and demanding devolved powers over income taxation, business rates and housing.

They smell blood and the possibility of getting their hands on money which under Margaret Thatcher was placed firmly beyond their wasteful reach.

What is needed is fewer councils, fewer layers, fewer civil servants, fewer MPs and much greater efficiency NOT more devolved powers to waste and steal taxpayers money.

This and the uncertain climate on confidence and inward investment is what Alex Salmond has caused and the genie is now out of the bottle with almost unstoppable momentum.

Alex Salmond is interested in himself and his own self aggrandizement, not in these bigger issues and the damage his demagoguery causes and will continue to cause the very people whose interests he pretends to truly represent.

John Gelmini