Monday, May 9, 2011

Scottish Nationalism Surges

Since the first election of members to a Scottish Parliament in 1999 (following the 1998 Scotland Act), Alex Salmon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) won an absolute majority of 69 of 129 seats on May 5, 2011.  He now has the votes to propose a Scottish independence referendum, an aim in the SNP’s policy platform.  Here’s hoping.


If Scots vote for and attain independence, it will be important for party leaders to establish policies that encourage firms and individuals to invest and do business in Scotland.  A quick way is to follow the examples of Central and Eastern Europe by enacting a low flat tax on individuals and corporations.

Continuing with the dream, a flat tax breakthrough in Scotland would open the door to other Western European countries taking steps to remain competitive, hopefully moving away from the tradition of steeply graduated high taxes to a low flat tax environment.

By way of disclosure, I have numerous in-law aunts, uncles, and cousins scattered throughout Scotland.

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