During Brian Monteiths 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