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Nine in ten Scots 'living
off state's patronage'

Telegraph [UK], by Simon Johnson

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Posted By:Photoonist, 10/7/2012 11:00:16 PM

Almost nine out of 10 Scottish households take more from the public purse than they contribute in taxes thanks to a “rotten system” of state patronage, the Tory party conference will hear on Monday. Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, is to highlight official figures showing that only 283,080 households north of the border – 12 per cent of the total – pay more in tax than they receive in public services. She will tell delegates that, because the public sector is seen as the key provider of everything from housing to employment, state spending now accounts for more than

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Scotland is a super-socialist duchy in the UK. That's and the outrageous spending of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood will bring down an independent Scotland in record time. If Scotland gets its independence the first order of business for the government will be to fill out bailout requests for the ESM.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: choey, 10/7/2012 11:01:57 PM     (No. 8917048)

Coming soon to an 0bama utopia near you...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chance_232, 10/7/2012 11:22:49 PM     (No. 8917081)

And the Scotts are pushing for independance? LOL! Scottland will collapse under its own welfare system if it ever gets independance. And if Britian were smart, It would agree to Scotland ceeding.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/7/2012 11:29:59 PM     (No. 8917095)

OP, a duchy is a territory ruled by a Duke or Duchess, as in the Duchy of Cornwall. Scotland, like England and Wales, is a country within Great Britain. Add in the country of Northern Ireland and you arrive at the United Kingdom. Scotland has its own laws and Parliament. Mr A and I were actually married under Scottish law. Mr. A is still unsure what it was he promised because he couldn't understand the accents.

That so many Scots have hands in the state purse is no surprise. Scots still resent the English landowners of a few centuries ago. (Long story.) Haven't kept up with the situation but there were very high rates of unemployment and alcoholism when we were there (late eighties) and they seem to be at least the same now, if not worse. A referendum in 2014 is to be held so that Scotland's future status can be determined.

Reading the whole article is a bit of an education to those familiar only with the beautiful castles, traditional culture and scenery.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 10/7/2012 11:45:15 PM     (No. 8917114)

I agree. I have been to Scotland 4 times in the last ten years. Lovely people and my ancestors but a people who look to the state for everything. They have government positions for everything....minister of sheep poop for eighty thousand pounds a year, etc. The rest are on the dole or depend on tourism. William Wallace would disown them if he returned.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/8/2012 12:05:06 AM     (No. 8917134)

"state patronage" Love the term. Here we call them bums.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/8/2012 12:07:37 AM     (No. 8917142)

#3
Thanks for your insight.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: toinee, 10/8/2012 12:08:04 AM     (No. 8917143)

"state patronage" Here we call them Democrats.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kono, 10/8/2012 1:26:39 AM     (No. 8917204)

Oooo, this is going to make Obama green with envy.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Topic Thunder, 10/8/2012 1:31:54 AM     (No. 8917211)

It's been said that the "Limbo" was invented by a Scotsman trying to sneak into a pay toilet.
I guess it must be true.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Aria, 10/8/2012 2:42:27 AM     (No. 8917240)

This is pitiful! My ancestors bravely left there for the opportunity to work hard here in the new world where they forged good lives. Now those who stayed are beggars?

I don't even understand how they afford themselves.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/8/2012 11:42:04 AM     (No. 8917986)

A Liberal Utopia...wait for the failure, wait for it.....BOOM!

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