Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told the BBC’s Politics Show, in Scotland at least, that after ten years of devolved power he now backs a review of the powers of the Scottish Parliament, including taxation policy. Or, as Brian Taylor puts it, he has joined the McChattering classes. Should we be concerned here? If such a review here was to include a review of the mandatory coalition, perhaps not. But if it does not, then these recent comments, from Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, without going into the SF position on reducing corporation tax [here or there? – Ed], may be an indication of what some would seek to use any tax-raising powers to do.
“We don’t have enough money to do what we would like. The reality is that the Executive has to work within an inadequate block grant from the British Government. It is a significant problem that taxation and public expenditure policies are determined in London.”