The film may have been a fanciful fairy-tale but the cost to the taxpayer was only too real. £48,000 to fly Alex Salmond and a few of his cronies out to the USA for a ‘jolly’!
“Alex Salmond spent almost £50,000 on flights for him and his entourage to attend the premiere of the animated film ‘Brave’ in California, according to new figures.
Flights for civil servants accompanying the First Minister on the four-day trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco came to £48,000.”
Unfortunately this is not a ‘one-off’ incident. A pattern is beginning to emerge where the SNP leadership seems to think that they can spend whatever they like on their own comfort and pleasure, all for the good of Scotland of course.
That would be all well and good if these expenses were paid for by taxes in Scotland, where the taxpayers could vote them out of office if they so wished, but as we know Scotland receives more money from the UK government than the total revenue raised in Scotland. The same applies to Wales and Northern Ireland which means that it is the taxpayers in England who have to pay for this sort of perk for the SNP et al.
Another example of an SNP two-finger-gesture to the taxpayer came from Salmond’s number two, who has learned well from her master.
“Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister, charged the taxpayer up to £564.25 for a return flight from Edinburgh to London last year, despite the fact flights can be bought for less than £100 with budget airlines.”
The do-little Deputy is not the only one wasting taxpayers hard-erned money!
Figures, released under freedom of information legislation, also reveal that Scottish ministers and their civil servants have spent £8.4 million of taxpayers’ money on a record number of flights since SNP took power five years ago, according to the Telegraph.
In regard to his, very expensive, trip to the cinema Mr Salmond said in his defence,
“Alex Salmond has said the Disney-Pixar animated Brave, set in the Highlands, could boost tourism, giving a £140 million injection to the Scottish economy.”
This seems another good reason for abolishing the obscene tax on the English that is called the ‘Barnett Formula’.
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