Opinion – SNP’s fiscal autonomy would leave £9bn gap in Scotland’s finances, says IFS | Politics | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Dr Alf raises the very real and alarming prospect of our tartan-clad friends extracting even more money out of English taxpayers in the event of a Labour victory.

People, as Sir John Major said yesterday in full and without interruption on Sky News need to wake up, try to retain the Union and vote Conservative.

My attitude to the Barnett Formula is that it should be abolished, and that the Nicola Sturgeon bluff should be called. Either remain in the Union with no Barnett Formula and no other subsidies but with the guarantee of overall defence and emergency assistance for failed Scottish banks,should that ever happen;  or be thrown out of the Union and left entirely on their own.

With the oil price low Scotland’s finances are in a serious mess, which is why Nicola Sturgeon needs more money from English taxpayers to balance the books and pay for her SNP profligacy.

As it is I can see a second election as a possibility because this one is too close to call.

John Gelmini

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I share Dr Alf’s sense of foreboding about David Cameron’s visit to China.

The Chinese do not like him because of his practice of insulting them in public and they, like me, see him as lazy, unprepared and complacent.

He will not come back empty handed but will be given a very rough ride, and if he attempts to lecture them further about human rights or about how much they need us, he will be given a very short answer.

Unlike Sir John Major and Tony Blair, David Cameron is an unskilled and weak negotiator when as the “Donald” correctly identified, you should only send your toughest and smartest negotiators to deal with the Chinese.

Frankly he is the wrong man for the job and the Conservative Party should replace him forthwith.

Moving on to re-skilling Britain, we are 44th in the World when it comes to state education and have too many graduates with useless degrees.

This has to change, otherwise we will become a 3rd world country within a generation.

John Gelmini

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