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The Smith Commission Report - So Much For Home Rule!

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As expected the smith commission is a huge let down that is about to be spun into the best thing that has ever happened to Scotland by the BBC and the rest of the media.

Almost all welfare powers are still going to be reserved to westminster. Scotland won't have the power to abolish the bedroom tax.

No new powers to control income tax. Scotland won't get to keep any revenue from income tax.

Any new powers that allows Scotland to control revenue will make no difference because of this quote from the report:

“the Scottish and UK Governments’ budgets should be no larger or smaller simply as a result of the initial transfer of tax and/or spending powers, before considering how these are used.

(a) This means that the initial devolution and assignment of tax receipts should be accompanied by a reduction in the block grant equivalent to the revenue forgone by the UK Government.” (page 25, paragraph 95)

gordon brown stated Scotland would a "modern form of Scottish home rule".

Thank's very much NO voters.

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Just added extra complexity and cost, duplicating effort in what's already an expensive civil service.

Never mind, it'll get the infrastructure in place so that when we vote yes next time, we'll have less set-up costs.

Cheery!

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