The lifeblood of the Scottish economy

April 27, 2018

I have recently retired as financial director of a manufacturing company in the Scottish SME sector, a sector which is the lifeblood of the Scottish economy. My business experience goes back nearly 45 years, at least half of this time at a very senior level. I am in the fortunate position that my company has performed well over the past 20+ years. However, this has been due entirely to the extremely hard work and efforts of its management team and workforce, and not in any way due to Government whose sole objective appears to be one of interference. To name a few: increased tax complications, unnecessary and continual changes to pension arrangements, enormous changes (few for the better) to employment, health & safety and data protection regulations.


Sadly ,this interference has been encouraged by our pathetic parliamentary representatives, who always appear to agree with all the changes and either ignore correspondence sent to them thereon or are downright blunt in their response. I have found the Tories, the supposed party of business, to be the worst culprits.


We know of course, that much of the interference has been caused by EU Directives, but is not helped in anyway by the determination of our UK Government to "gold plate" all the new rules and regulations. There will be a great danger, following Brexit, that nearly all those EU rules and regulations will remain in UK law, instead of being repealed. THIS SIMPLY MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.


However, given our pathetic parliamentary representation (both MPs and MSPs), I sadly see little likelihood of this. Nor do I see the return of full "Development Area" status to many parts of Scotland (important a number of years ago to my business), previously withdrawn because of the entry to the EU of certain Eastern European countries. 


When I started out in business in 1973 everyone in Scotland had 1 MP, 71 in total. Now in 2018, we have 1 MP, 1 Constituency MSP AND 7 List MSPs, a total 188.  An INCREASE OF 165%. What do they do all day? It's certainly not representing their constituents far less defending the SME Sector, i.e. Scotland's economic lifeblood!!.

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