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  1. Redistribution doesn't need to involve any spending. It could for example take the form of differential taxation. But your point shows that you are locked in the idea that spending must be funded by taxation. It needn't, and it isn't.
  2. Lots of sunshine in Scotland. Lower angle than further south, but present all the same. And many more palm trees than Birmingham.
  3. U.S. Politics

  4. This is all pretty exaggerated in my view. Here in Scotland we have plenty of turnips, and oats. We can easily feed ourselves, and it is but a small step for one of our many entrepreneurs to start exporting turnip champagne, oat trousers, turnip and oat energy bars, oooh, all sorts of things. You can take your Peruvian avocados and stick 'em where the sun don't shine.
  5. U.S. Politics

    It does seem a bit like a society that's forming a circular firing squad...
  6. U.S. Politics

    The resolution isn't good enough for me to tell, but I hope they have "falling wardobes" in there as a category of death, given that more people in the US die from furniture each year than from Islamic terrorists. And of course "being shot by your own toddler, with your own gun" would be up there as well.
  7. No. Tax is not spending. It is withdrawing resources from selected groups of people on fhe basis of (for example) income, wealth, location, or consumption choices. Spending is allocating resources. In the special case of being a currency issuer, one is not dependent on the other.
  8. Tax is there for redistribution, and the management of economic demand by withdrawing some spending power from the economy. Government spending occurs by crediting bank accounts, not by collecting cash in order to spend it like in mediaeval times. If the government chose, it could levy no tax next year, and still spend as normal. It wouldn't be advisable, but the reason for that is not because the government would then have "no money". Which is why when the govermment decides to do something it hadn't planned, like launch a war or bail out the banks, it doesn't need to raise tax in order to do so. The idea that spending comes from tax is a fiction, designed to make people think that government spending is a bad thing which must be curtailed. Propaganda genius, but utterly false.
  9. NI doesn't fund healthcare. Tax doesn't fund government spending. It's just told that way to make it more palatable, or understandable, or maybe acceptable.
  10. U.S. Politics

    He also looks like he's wearing those trousers with the crotch at knee level.
  11. Scottish Independence

    Well of course she is more concerned with Scotland than the other countries in the union. She is a Scottish nationalist, and opposed to unionism. It's the core principle of the party she leads. What else would you expect? And why would it be a point of criticism, rather than an unremarkable fact, that someone who opposes the union cares more about her own country than the union?
  12. Scottish Independence

    It's an interesting question. The answer is that they have to find a way to make a transition from a single-issue party to a party of government - but how will they do that and hold together the various strands which have been united behind independence? Simply being in government helps, of course. A former adviser to Salmond discussed that in this piece over a year ago, without the Brexit context, which would of course change the last sentence in the part I've quoted.
  13. All New Funny Pics Thread - Clean Edition

    When advertising placement goes wrong...
  14. What's your tipple this evening then?

    All Islay whisky is worth trying. But the pedant in me insists it is whisky, with no "e". Whiskey is Irish.