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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has set its 2018/19 budget. As expected, Westminster austerity cuts have been at the centre of most decisions. Some councillors appear to be only now wakening up to the impact Westminster has on our daily lives. Less than two years ago our independent Labour councillors were campaigning for austerity while defending their MPss who voted with the Conservatives.

When the bankers and financial institutions were prospering through Labour's deregulation of the banks, the people of these islands saw little or no benefit from the vast sums generated. As a result the UK is now almost two trillion pounds in debt. When the banks got into a mess, it was left to the ordinary people to pick up the pieces. Despite this, the bankers are still receiving obscene bonuses that are paid into off shore accounts with minimal tax being paid.


To make matters worse, the Westminster Brexit reports warn that the best case scenario for leaving the EU will incur a substantial reduction in our economy. This year’s budget challenges will be pretty tame in comparison to what is ahead of us for the foreseeable future. The challenges will be on a scale never before experienced.


During the 2017 Westminster election, PM Theresa May kept telling us that we had the 7th best economy in the world. The UK is as wealthy as ever, so where is the money? The standard of living of the general population has been decreasing over the past few decades. Successive Westminster governments over the same period have worked at reducing the amount spent on public services. Only the rich have been getting wealthier, where the use of off shore banking has become obscene.

Westminster politicians dance to the tune of the wealthy, there has been little mention of he EU's plans to clamp down on tax havens. Is this one of the reasons multi-millionaires are sponsoring the Brexit campaign?

Archie Harper

27 Shulishader

Isle of Lewis


Letter:  Where’s the money?

10 February 2018