I voted No in this year’s referendum. I would always have voted No and consequently was not swayed by the ‘Vow’.
I try to expedite redistributive and social justice and am an internationalist.
A ‘No’ outcome didn’t really further these aims at the present time but a ‘Yes’ vote would have put them very much further beyond reach.
We hope to shape the future with our votes, but the way we really do put our backs into sharing with our neighbours is by consensual sharing of the tax burden ( the ‘Common Weal’).
I want to share my taxes with fellow Scots. I also want to share them
with the people of YorkShire, Liverpool, Chester and London. (btw – they also want to share with me).
There is no direct EU income tax at the moment but maybe one day I will work (fully tax-wise) side by side (for the ‘Common Weal’) with people from Rotterdam to Budapest.
I dream of a World Tax: a full tax-sharing brother/sisterhood of good
people in a ‘Common Weal’ that extends from Rio De Janeiro to Taipei and from Helsinki to Arusha.
So, you’ll have got the picture: the ‘Common Weal’ for me is all of us, everywhere.
To me, the ‘Yes’ option was an irreversible retreat from global
redistributive justice to an inward-looking parochialism. The ‘Yes’
vision of an exclusively Scots ‘Common Weal’ ( ‘Common Weal Lite?’)
would have created a navel-gazing hangover that would perhaps never go away.
Of course, without Income-Tax-As-Sharing, the outcome of the Smith
Commission is that my labour will no longer be shared with my UK-wide
neighbours as before – a retrograde outcome for me.
So, I guess I voted ‘No’ and lost?
C’est la guerre.
(Btw: On every matter of fact, the Yes campaign failed to make a case – and abysmally)