There is a nation where 88% of the population receives more money in government welfare than they pay in taxes.
How can this be? How can that many people get on the dole without the nation going bankrupt?
Simple: it has a sugar daddy. A very large sugar daddy.
The nation is part of a political confederation. It’s not Greece. It’s not Portugal. It’s not one of the other PIIGS.
The land of William Wallace is on the dole.
The United Kingdom is the larger entity, and the people outside of Scotland are the hosts.
The welfare state is alive and well in Scotland.
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, is to highlight official figures showing that only 283,080 households north of the border – 12 per cent of the total – pay more in tax than they receive in public services.
She will tell delegates that, because the public sector is seen as the key provider of everything from housing to employment, state spending now accounts for more than half Scotland’s wealth. . . .
Miss Davidson supported her claims by publishing figures from the Office for National Statistics, which showed the average Scottish household consumes £14,151 more in public services every year than it pays in tax.
Even the families in the middle income groups consume around £20,000 more in state spending than they contribute.
However, those in the top 10 per cent pay £17,205 more in tax than they receive in public services.
I love the sound of bagpipes. The trouble is, bagpipes are the preferred instrument for Scottish funerals.
The pipes are playing in Scotland. For Scotland.