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SNP: We send more money to Westminster than we get back.

Byline: By STEWART HOSIE SNP Treasury Spokesman

THESE tasteless posters are as inaccurate as they are offensive to every self-respecting Scot. Scotland more than pays its way.

We send more resources to Westminster's coffers than we get back.

The UK's financial black hole is being filled by Scotland's black, black oil and Scotch whisky. The Chancellor's dependence on soaring North Sea revenues - and his damaging Budget tax hike on whisky - shows Scotland is propping up the London Treasury. A report by the Corporation of London has shown public spending per head is higher in London than in Scotland.

When North Sea revenues are included in Scotland's accounts, Scottish government figures show we would be the third-richest nation in Europe in terms of wealth per head - compared with the UK's seventh place. The flow of resources is clearly north to south - not the other way.

Even London Mayor Ken Livingstone has conceded that Scotland subsidises the rest of the UK. Most Londoners will reject these childish insults.

The answer is simple. Let Scotland and England be in charge of their own resources, with both nations standing on their financial feet. We need a new 21st-century relationship between Scotland and England as equal and independent nations.

And we can send these daft boo boys homewards to think again.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Apr 6, 2008
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