“As a general rule, nobody has money who ought to have it.” Benjamin Disraeli.
J. K. Rowling is the children’s fiction writer who advocated voting No in the Referendum on independence. She implied that to do so we, the people of Scotland, would achieve unaccountable happiness we could not achieve as a nation-state, so long as we rejected freedoms and stayed shackled to Westminster’s corrupt rule.
She didn’t use the word ‘corrupt,’ but the alert among us know ‘Westminster’ and ‘corrupt’ are as rotten eggs are to acrid odour, or Scottish Labour MSPs are to intelligent thought. She feels over three hundred years of association between Scotland and England too complicated to unravel. To her mind Scotland’s democracy is like a large tapestry, fixed in imagery, ruined if deconstructed, each stitch impossible to hand pick and unravel, or rewind the wool back into separate colour skeins.
To the poor life is a shit sandwich. But if you have enough ‘bread’ you don’t taste the shit. In their hearts those who make millions would really trade it … for a little more. I think it was a successful football manager just fired who said it is better to weep in a Rolls-Royce than in a bus. And it was definitely the cockney movie star, and friend to the Tory party, Michael Caine, who said he’d been poor and he’d been rich, and he knew which one he preferred. “Ol tha’ poor inherit is six feet ov earf,” he argued, pointing his index finger at the floor in case we looked up for guidance, unwittingly quoting a Christian edict though he is Jewish.
We live in an age where integrity and honesty and sacrifice receive little respect compared to the status awarded to those with oodles of cash to burn, either inherited or earned by selling things to others, such as a whole repository of untouchable sexual allure of no practical worth to humankind.
What is more relevant here is, Rowling is a friend to Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister and pal to banksters, the alleged architect of the infamous last-minute ‘Vow’ that promised nothing if Scotland, like the Labour party, abandoned its principles. Brown earns huge fees giving lectures over and above his MP salary and expenses. Rowling earns massive wealth from a single book, its sales worldwide, film rights, box office receipts, scripting, and all the many attendant spin-offs from the Harry Potter series, toys, colouring books, games, magic wands, and so on, and so never-ending.
Gordon Brown is the former boss and a friend of Jim Murphy.
Prospective leader of Scotland’s Labour group, and Houdini escape artist adept at avoiding direct questions, Jim Murphy, MP, advocates that should he ever achieve power, and by that one must assume get elected to lead an administration in the Scottish Parliament, he will implement a 50p in the pound tax level on anybody who earns over £150,000 a year.
Half your earnings taken by the tax man.
How do you like them apples, Rowling?!!!
Enjoy the barb but fear not. Rowling’s earnings and interest from them are sure to be well protected by a bevy of finance experts. Or should that be a cell of tax avoiding experts? In any event, a 50% tax rate won’t happen. The Labour party, its nasal blockage afflicted leader, Ed Miliband, and Goliath Gordon Brown are all against it.
Alistair Darling thinks full tax powers will result in ‘floods of tears’ because it runs counter to the doctrine, (unspoken until now) of sharing risk across the nations.
Whatever is offered will be hyped as ‘full powers’ but on closer inspection hold caveats, concessions, and traps that retain power in Whitehall and decision-making in Westminster. The Smith Commission’s recommendations are doodles in a homework jotter. Anything written on it has to be approved by England’s reactionary establishment. You can bet your bottom dollar or English pound the backlash will be vicious.
To give Scotland comprehensive tax raising powers is another step nearer to Scotland’s independence, and that must be avoided at all costs!