As Dirageo drags SNP Minimum Pricing Bill through the court of economic law and public opinion, Daily Ranger fifth columnist sends veiled tax warning to cease and desist.
By Moan McVulpine – Scotchland’s other hangover from yesteryear
IF YOU missed it last week, try to catch the Scotched Earth documentary on iPlayer.
The BBC Scotchland programme mostly skirted the lack of real economic benefit of whisky to the country due to corporate tax evasiveness.
The term is not just pejorative – it’s accurate. Scotch Whisky is incredibly lucrative for Dirageo – the chief SNP bitch slappers and whisky producers in the country.
It’s pretty much an empty coat claim that Whisky revenue would contribute a fair return into an Indy Scotland’s tax coffers.
Dirageo, in keeping with many corporations, have their tangible assets and distribution networks registered in Europe as offshore holdings.
Johnnie Walked, their most famous Whisky brand, hasn’t been Scottish since 2000 – it’s Dutch, due to a clandestine tax switcheroo known as “outward domestication”.
Not one iota of protest came from so called 90 second Nationalist patriot types when that happened.
How’s that for silence over the selling off of your country’s heritage, history and provenance?
Nor for that matter does/did the SNP jump on Dirageo for their supermarket style dealings with Scottish farmers – holding them to ransom over “fair” prices for their malt, grain and barley.
No, that thankless task was left to a list Lib-Dem MSP because, y’know, he actually cared about his country’s economic welfare rather than his more myopically supine SNP contemporaries.
But ho hum. That’s the progressive SNP for you, they probably didn’t want to rock Dirageo’s corporate lobbyist boat because, at heart, they’re big fearties.
The value of Scotch exports jumped 20 per cent last year to a not unconsiderable £4.2 billion.
Scotched Earth did not mention the Amazon style Euro based tax jiggery pokery which means Scotland (or the UK) reaps virtually hee haw from the exploitation of its resources.
Some partisan columnists in the Daily Ranger think they can score kudos points with Dirageo by signalling that the SNP won’t consider taxing the water supply to the “water of life”.
Meanwhile, Dirageo is yet again giving the SNP a lesson in political economics with the Minimum Price Alcohol bill being dragged through the courts like a cheap unfit for purpose bottle of hooch.
If the sovereign people of Scotland’s government keeps it up, they might find themselves looking like embarrassing drunks at the opening of a christian temperance meeting.
I’ll drink to that.