It would be gratifying if the worst of the drivel in Kevin McKenna's article was the stuff about the Scottish Government's independence White Paper "over-stating oil revenues". The term "overstate" implies wilful exaggeration. Which is, of course, utter nonsense. The kind of foolishness that can only come from those incapable of grasping the concept of a conditional statement. Many have sought to address this particular manifestation of stupidity. But it persists, nonetheless, among British nationalists and those journalists who unthinkingly subscribe to the cosy consensus of the British media.
the worse folly is to suppose that the so-called tax 'plan' from British
Labour in Scotland should be taken seriously.
I was at BBC Radio
Scotland's Big Debate in Kinross yesterday and, inevitably, this topic
was raised. In the course of the discussion, various of the panellists
mouthed words about the "need for a debate" about tax. Politicians
resort to the "need for debate" rhetoric when they want to convey the
idea that there is something wrong with current policy, but have no
considered critique to offer and nothing constructive to suggest in
terms of an alternative.
Cue British Labour in Scotland and their back-of-a-fag-packet tax proposal.
media connive in the charade by pompously congratulating Kezia Dugdale
for broaching a previously taboo topic. Like the subject of taxation has
never in living memory been part of an election debate! Aye, right!
inject a bit of honesty into this "debate". Let's acknowledge what the
real motive was behind this obviously fatally flawed tax proposal from
Kezia's kiddies. Let's recognise that they knew damned well that it
would be voted down by SNP, Green and Tory MSPs - each for their own
Let's be clear that the sole purpose of the exercise was
to give muppets like Blair McDougall and Duncan Hothersall an excuse to
run around the social media playground pointing at the SNP and chanting,
"You voted wi' the Toh-rees! Ah'm tellin' on you-ou!", like the players
in some obscene parody of Dennis Potter's wonderful 'Blue Remembered
Let's face it! This has nothing whatever to do with a
serious debate on taxation. It is nothing more than yet another instance
of the kind of infantile, petty, unworthy politicking that we have come
to expect from the British parties in Scotland.