Follow the publication of the Scottish budget and announcement that the SNP government is planning to increase income tax, David Coburn MEP gave this statement:
"Setting taxes higher than the rest of the UK is a disaster for Scottish businesses, Scottish jobs and the Scottish economy, and will not raise extra money. It is a tax on hard work, success and aspiration which will force Scots to leave Scotland. Higher taxes will discourage investment and puts up a sign telling the rest of the world that SNP Scotland is not open to new business.
The UK already has one of the most complicated tax codes in the world. The SNP adding more tax bands will only cause more confusion and administrative expense.
The SNP should save money by getting rid of some of their illiberal madcap legislation such as the Named Person scheme and land reform. The SNP seem determined to beggar Scotland and are doing a very good job of it with this budget. In the recent General Election the Scots kicked Salmond and Robertson out of Westminster. That was the beginning of the end for the SNP and this budget is another nail in its coffin."