Residents in the Northumberland town of Berwick-upon-Tweed have “voted” in favour of becoming part of Scotland.
This really isn’t all that surprising, after all as one of the campaigners points out, the Scots receive far more tax payers money than the English. Gordon Brown has also now approved a plan to allow the Scottish Parliament to raise its own taxes and other powers.
“The Scots are getting more money than we are. I’m not saying that the Scots should not get what they get, but that we should get the same.”
The Scots get free health care for the elderly, free prescriptions, no student fees, better financed public services and more say in how their taxes are being spent. Ten years of Scottish devolution, and still no sign of anything similar in England, so the only chance these people have of getting the same perks, is to join Scotland.
Perhaps every city in England should petition to join Scotland, that way we’d be one country again, rather than the silly system that we have at present where all of the nations are virtually independent except England.
This is of course made worse by the fact that the English taxpayers subsidise the Scots so that the Scots in turn don’t have to pay as much tax. Perhaps this is one thing that Gordon Brown plans to change, whereby the Scottish Parliament can only spend taxes that it has raised itself. See how popular the Scottish Parliament is then and we’ll also see how long it keeps up things like free prescriptions and better public services.