In response to Nick Wood: The SNP surge heralds a constitutional nightmare, Kingbingo wrote:
I’m sure I am not the only southerner who feels extremely overtaxed by a State that I get very little value from. Sure I use the NHS occasionally and enjoy driving on good roads and not getting invaded by Russia, but I feel that the amount I pay is vastly more than the benefit I receive. The difference made up, of course, by the vast swaths of non-productive state departments and welfare payments, chiefly in the north and Scotland.
Not that I mind giving support to those that need it most, but I certainly do mind my taxes being used to trap the poor on welfare for generations, and I definitely mind my money being used to pay the salaries of ultra-left public sector employees who contribute nothing to national prosperity, but actually rather retard the efforts of those who do.
Which is my problem with Scotland. As a block they send 59 MPs to Westminster who to a man will vote for more dysfunctional welfare, and more non-jobs in the state sector. Removing such a block does not guarantee (small c) conservative governments going forward, but it does help, a lot.
For me the issue of Scottish independence was never about romantic notions of sovereignty and nation. It was a simply calculation that my financial burden would be lighter, in the long term possibly significantly lighter.
The sooner Scotland goes, and those 59 left wing MPs are removed from Parliament, the sooner I get to spend more of the money I work hard to earn on my own family.