Alex Massie

Department of Taxing Questions

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I agree with Ezra that it would be grand if all politicians asked themselves these sorts of question:

I want a Democrat willing to say that the question is, "what are we paying for? And what do we need to pay for?"...

The Republicans have succeeded in moving the tax debate onto grounds of "who pays," and "how much." Democrats need to remember to ask, "what for," and "what if we don't?"

Granted, the answers Ezra would like to hear are rather different from those I would be encouraged by. But they're the right questions. Asking similar questions of proposed legislation - whether at Holyrood, Westminster or, for that matter, in Washington - would be no bad thing either.

Well, one may dream, no?

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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