Cabinet papers from 1984 recently released give yet further proof, if any were needed, of the deception practiced at the very highest levels of the British Government. This time the deceit reported relates to the funding of Scotland during the English-dominated Conservative government, led by Mrs Thatcher.
The British Government believed that Scotland was being over-funded by up to £900 million in 1984, and John Redwood, then an adviser to Mrs Thatcher, wanted to cut that over-funding by £500 million. Redwood’s plan was scuttled by the then Scottish Secretary – George Younger, who claimed that he would not be able to defend such cuts. George Younger, was a Scottish Lord (4th Viscount of Leckie), and it is clear that at best he did not have the guts to argue against Scotland’s over-funding. However it is far more likely that his attitude is typical of all Scottish politicians, especially when they get into government, in that they are only interested in furthering Scotland’s cause within the so-called ‘United Kingdom’. Interestingly Mrs Thatcher’s Private Secretary at the time, Andrew Turnbull, who went on to be Head of Civil Service in 2002, said that “there should be no attempt to publicise the figures”. Cover-up indeed!
Whilst these figures seem small by today’s numbers, they would have represented very significant amounts of extra spending for Scotland in 1984. The reason, which is not mentioned by the BBC (I wonder why!), is because the Barnett Formula, instigated in 1977. The Barnett Formula, was implemented by the Labour Government under Jim Callaghan, primarily to try to undercut the electoral success that the SNP were then experiencing.
English Democrats have argued that Scotland (and also Wales & Northern Ireland) have received massive amounts of over-funding from the British Government for at least the last 40 years. Here we have yet more concrete proof that the Labour and Conservative governments of the past have known of this and connived to keep the truth from the people of ENGLAND. It is the English tax-payer which has funded this preferential treatment of the Celtic nations down the years and this injustice must end.
That is why I believe the time has come for independence for ENGLAND, where the taxes raised in England are spent in England. Whilst English people receive a much worse deal in relation to student fees and prescription charges our taxes must not used to subsidise those who don’t even want to associated with us.