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It appears that 55% of voters in Scotland decided otherwise though.
originally posted by: bigyin
a reply to: grainofsand
I'm not disagreeing with you but the same arguments can be used for Scotland getting out of the UK Union.
Do you have a reliable source for that claim please? I've seen figures banded about by economists on both sides and as far as I see it there is little evidence to support such a bold claim.
It costs Scotland billions to remain in the Union
Are you ignoring the homelessness, poverty and council estates commonly found in the SE?!! And what higher standards of living are you referring to? They pay for prescriptions in the SE, they pay for higher education, plenty of food banks and the like, you ignoring that as well?
whilst those living in SE England enjoy mush higher standards of living, lower costs, better facilities and infra structure, higher life expectancy, better standards of health.
Not too many real economists around thinking the same as you though, and either way it's sort of irrelevant now Scotland has voted to remain a part of the UK.
Regarding the benefits system if Scotland was separate to England I believe we could afford higher benefits and pensions and better health and education systems.
It costs Scots dear to be part of UK
the tax take on these hydrocarbon riches goes at present to the Treasury in London to the tune of £4.7bn in 2013-14
In 2012/13 total public spending in Scotland was estimated to be £65.2bn, or 9.3% of total UK spending, with a population of 8.3%.
This figure takes into account a share of spending by UK government departments, including benefits payments, as well as a population-based slice of interest payments on the UK national debt.
So, even by the most generous measure, Scotland raised £53.1bn in 2012/13 and spent £65.2bn, leaving the country £12.1bn short.
originally posted by: bigman88
Well congrats. My Trinidadian grandma thinks that everything good and proper came from England and the queen.