Saturday, September 03, 2005
(one of the Points of View) in Saturday's Scotsman in reply to an ongoing correspondence:
The idea that Ireland's economic success is due to European Union bankrolling does not give our own politicians any excuse. EU benefits were not even close to the net tax gain Scotland gets under the Barnett formula, let alone that gain plus North Sea oil taxes.
In any case, EU benefits largely went to agriculture, the one area of the Irish economy that has not shown spectacular growth.
can hide neither your lack of substance nor your ignorance of the root cause of Scotland's malaise.
Basically I am willing to delete if morons become a problem but won't do so lightly.