The INDEPENDENT BUDGET REVIEW was set up by the Scottish Government to consider options for future public expenditure. Let's look at some of the main points:
- A cut in jobs by up to 60,000 by 2014
- A 2 year pay freeze and a review of pension arrangements
- No overriding presumption of protection for any services
- Council tax freeze discontinued
- All free and subsidised services in the Health Service including NHS eye examinations, personal and nursing care, reduction in prescription charges and concessionary travel should be curtailed.
- Scottish Water should be privatised
- Higher education should no longer be free
But what do the SNP Government do. They play into the Unionists' hands by pissing about with DEVOLUTION and whether we want a CALMAN or CALMAN PLUS, which anyone with any sense can see is a UNIONIST trap which will have Scotland keeping the UK economy afloat again, just as it has done since the 70s. Meanwhile the people of Scotland will keep on voting Labour, falling further into the mire of poverty. The Unionists are very happy to laugh at Alex Salmond's somewhat rash comments about the ARC OF PROSPERITY, before Labour's recession, but one of the countries in the Arc, was NORWAY, a country more akin to Scotland due to their oil wealth. There's no recession in Norway. Their old people don't freeze to death in the winter like they do here, despite it being colder and of course they had control of their own banks which weren't allowed to make risky investment decisions in foreign countries.
The SNP should be shouting the INDEPENDENCE MESSAGE from the rooftops, instead of adopting this gradual process to full fiscal powers. Many Independence supporters are getting fed up with this approach and instead of seizing the moment, if they are not very careful, it could lead to schisms amongst the Independence movement, when this should be the moment to press ahead to FULL INDEPENDENCE or at least FULL FISCAL CONTROL, with a shared agreement with England over things like defence. A country with Scotland's wealth should be investing in it's infrastructure and people, not MAKING CUTS!