Scottish Accounts Commission Hypocrisy

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

The Scottish Accounts Commission, an agency of the Scottish Executive, has told the Shetland Islands Council that it must do more to live within its means and start spending only what money it raises.

Does this mean that every council in Scotland is going to be told to only spend what it raises?  Currently, Scotland has a budget deficit of £11.3bn which is plugged by a subsidy from the English taxpayer via the Barnett Formula.

I’ve just sent the following to the Accounts Commission:


I read the story that the Shetland Islands Council has been told it must only spend what money it raises and found it most encouraging.

Do you have any idea when you are likely to tell the other councils in Scotland that they must also do the same, thereby relieving the English taxpayer of the £11.3bn burden of the Scottish budget deficit?


  1. tommy3lions (9 comments) says:

    Independence for Shetland.

  2. tommy3lions (9 comments) says:

    And also for the Orkneys.

  3. Rob (27 comments) says:

    How about independence for England.

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