Paying the Piper

A member of the Scottish Parliament offers a means to improve devolution which would reduce taxes and increase accountability

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During Brian Monteith’s eight years as a member of the Scottish Parliament its ever-burgeoning kitty rose from £16 billion to £30 billion and so it dedicated its time to considering how best to spend, and spend – prompting Monteith to pose fundamental questions about taxation and democracy in Scotland.

Does the current system in Scotland make national and local government accountable? Is there a moral case for lower taxes? And, is home rule enough to achieve these goals – or is full independence required?

Monteith argues how the devolution settlement must be improved upon if it is to deliver greater accountability and lower taxes.

One of the Scottish Parliament