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Tuesday 8 February 2005

Is it 'contemptuous' to tell it like it is?

According to Mark Lazarowicz, Labour MP for Edinburgh North and Leith, Dominic Grieve (the Shadow Attorney General) showed 'contempt' for Scotland simply for saying what he thinks about why Scotland is losing out on its share of talented new immigrants, and losing many of its own talented citizens, because it was "not a very attractive place" for people to come to, elaborating by saying "That is due to the fact that you have a bloated public sector and Scotland generally has suffered economically as a result. That is not going to change and even if we were to allow unlimited immigration, immigrants will still be going to settle in the south-east of England until Scotland gets its economic act together."

Of course these home-truths are not going to appeal to the likes of Mr Lazarowicz. Scotland has effectively been a one-party [Labour] state for so long that any other way of doing things is anathema to them. Scotland has very many fine qualities, as do many of the people who live here or who originated here, but it does absolutely no good to be blind to the fact that Scotland, even more than most of the rest of the UK, does have a bloated public sector which may [possibly] serve some kind of useful purpose in the myopic politics which Labour preaches, but is most certainly not conducive to the economic development, hence increase in well-being, of the Scottish people in the longer term.

Or, as Robert Burns said (in the final verse of his poem 'To a Louse'):
O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An' foolish notion
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us
An' ev'n Devotion

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