Surely 60 million people can do more about poverty than 6m or don't we care about the poor if they are English, Welsh or Irish? The more I hear this argument the stupider it seems. Scots dont have a monopoly on caring in fact we are a notoriously mean race. And the Scottish MSPs are just as vain as Westminster. Look at the millions they wasted on their ghastly building, what about the trams? What about the 500k of tax payers money spent on Alex and his pals going to the Ryder Cup in America? I say the fewer boundaries between us the better and the fewer politicians the better. The only speaker I have heard talking any sense is David Cameron.
If Cameron talks sense then why is he so afraid of having a face to face debate with Alex Salmond and by doing so giving us the benefit of his 'sensible' views and not the load of scaremongering BS he so loves to fire at us from the safety of Westminster?
As for the Scots being a notoriously mean race, why is that we're renowned the world over for our generosity and hospitality, something we don't just reserve for the benefit of tourists?
I agree about the ridiculous cost of building the Scottish Parliament, but, as for the trams, it's worth bearing in mind that the SNP never wanted them in the first place, so had that particular scheme been put forward in the last three years it would never have come to fruition. Also before accusing the SNP of wasting taxpayers' money by taking a 36 strong team to the US 'to watch the golf', think of this fact - in 2006 Jack McConnell and his 'pals' spent £700k in order to attend the "Tartan Day" celebrations in New York and that for no reason other than to promote Scottish tourism, including erecting a VisitScotland ‘village’ in Grand Central Station. The main purpose behind Salmond's trip was because Scotland was to be the next recipient of the very prestigious Ryder Cup, so he took the opportunity to not only promote tourism but, by taking business leaders with him, to promote Scottish businesses and encourage American companies to invest in Scotland. Given that the Ryder Cup is expected to inject £100m into the local and national economy, perhaps you could tell me whose visit was the more essential and on a pro rata basis the more expensive?