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Life as a lab rat.

THE prospect of Scotland cutting Air Passenger Duty at its airports grows more worrying by the day.

Newcastle Airport has already predicted a loss of jobs and businesss.

Yesterday, Chancellor George Osborne admitted Newcastle could lose 10% of its traffic if the SNP fulfils its pledge to cut APD. He made a rather watery-sounding pledge to "look at" support for northern airports.

Meanwhile, the Treasury's top mandarin, permanent secretary Sir Nicholas Macpherson, coolly ruminated about the economic experiment of the Scottish move. "A bit of a laboratory where we can actually learn more about the effectiveness of tax and spending," he added.

The experiment may be interesting for Sir Nicholas. Less so if you have been cast as a lab rat. That would seem to be Newcastle Airport's role.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2015
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