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Scotland's legislative programme:

Eddie Mair | 12:55 UK time, Wednesday, 3 September 2008

more tonight on the programme...read the blog of Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland's political editor.


  • 1. At 1:08pm on 03 Sep 2008, Thunderbird wrote:

    more tonight on the programme...read the blog of Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland's political editor. And what it is going to cost the English......?

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  • 2. At 1:24pm on 03 Sep 2008, Big Sister wrote:

    Listening to WatO, I gather Mr. Salmond is trying to pick a fight with Westminster.

    So - no change there, then.

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  • 3. At 1:26pm on 03 Sep 2008, justfloating wrote:

    So what will it do to house prices on the borders. Assuming it is on ability to pay, the low tax payers will have an advantage. So what will happen to the demand for houses related to low tax payers? Has some one found a short term way to prop up the Scottish house builders.

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  • 4. At 1:38pm on 03 Sep 2008, gossipmistress wrote:

    Justfloating (3) it's a bit worrying if Scottish house builders need 'propping up'.....

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  • 5. At 1:57pm on 03 Sep 2008, U11204129 wrote:

    The general picture is emerging.

    In the credit crunch crisis, with recession round the corner, we have two possible sources of the sort of spending that can avoid the worst excesses of the crisis.

    One is government, the other the inflation of share prices.

    Scotland's new policies provide a guide here. They are on the side of economic justice. (Tax changes etc)

    One of the possible sources of spending is hugely unjust in how it rewards. The rich get richer. That is what share price inflation means.

    With government spending, schools, houses and hospitals get built - if the government manages to avoid PFIs. The spending is equitable.

    The choice is simple. Which do we want? Which do you favour?

    Note that all the news about recession didn't bother the market makers at all, this week as the FTSE gained, trying to displace government spending, trying to line the pockets of the rich.

    But the government confirming it's looking seriously at windfall taxes to help the poor and with serious talk about taxing those over 100 grand, the markets are in despairing mode. Thank goodness.

    Government spending, good, the private lining of private pockets, bad.

    The choice, markets or government action, is where politics is at the moment. The rest, 'Gordon and Darling, silly', 'Cameron, fine chap@ etc is just so much hot air. (But it tells you whose side the well healed media people are on)

    Well done, Scotland, for saying that economic justice is the right response to the economic crisis.

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  • 6. At 2:07pm on 03 Sep 2008, vainly_here wrote:

    PML (5) Sadly, government spending (even not PFI) often lines private pockets.

    As for the well-healed media people, presumably they all use private medicine.

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  • 7. At 2:44pm on 03 Sep 2008, U11709695 wrote:


    What a load of rubbish you have written. Why blame all these unidentified sources for current woe.

    The housing market was allowed to inflate and the bubble has burst. Like shares, values can go up and down.

    The government encouraged this and now they are suggesting to people to buy at a time of falling prices; idiocy.

    You think shares are up do you? The FTSE was at 6400 in March, 6700 at Xmas and was higher 10 years ago than it is now.

    The way to get spending up is to encourage the private sector to keep people paying taxes in work and not on benefits.

    Wreckless government spending will only push up the national debt even further. Punishing our children for our mistakes of today.

    Only socialists think this is a nice thing to do. The Scottish government is picking a fight to try for independence. Any sane analysis of their actions will show you they would bankrupt the country if they tried this without UK taxpayer support. In fact, they don't even want these things to work, just to incite enough heated argument to cause a referendum to be won by secessionists.

    6 - PFI is a waste of money, so why don't the Labour government stop doing it? They are not the media you know, they are the actual folks you voted for...

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  • 8. At 4:34pm on 03 Sep 2008, steelpulse wrote:

    Alex Salmond needs a Peacemaker in my opinion - (was one option the late night film on BBC One TV this evening - or was that last night - Nicole - don't Kid the Man)

    Under the Enneagramme System - I decided I was one - a Peacemaker because I hide myself too into my surroundings.

    But then I fully understood the meaning of this thread, Eddie. George Looney I thought! lol I'll be no help at all to Alex. I need to reconsider my personality.

    Anyway, Simon Mayo on FiveLive says we are all one of nine personalities. But with the coming of wisdom - translation of same I mean - like Spinal Tap's sound system - my Enneagramme chart goes up to 10!


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  • 9. At 7:34pm on 03 Sep 2008, philoldtown wrote:

    Alex is doing a slowly, slowly introducing the panoply of statehood to Scots. No IRA-type once and for all bust of any and all opposition. The previous incumbents don't get it - Labour shrills that Scotland will be the most taxed, etc, etc ... No! The total spend and total tax take will be largely the same as before the Council Tax was abolished. All that is different is the balance. Meanwhile Alex has introduced Scots to taxes of their own.

    For what it is worth - good luck!

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