Tucked away in a “2 bi 2” column of the Times is the news that England will be the only part of mainland Britain where the sick will have to pay for their prescriptions after 2011.
Scottish charges will be reduced by nearly £2 next April and phased out totally by 2011. Whilst this may please those Scots of a less than healthy disposition, as an Englishman, it makes me sick!
With an increasing element of the English tax burden being used to subsidise devolution north of the border, and Scottish MP’s still meddling in Westminster’s concerns, perhaps the time has come to give Edinburgh total control of the country and it’s finances.
Who knows, without this burden, perhaps we may ourselves be blessed with the removal of prescription charges.