Different morals (Brian Nugent)
Nick Clegg, leader of the UK Liberal Democrats, is leading by example in donating the nearly £40,000 profit from the sale of his house in Sheffield to the taxpayer.
He is encouraging MPs to “get out of the property game”. Does this apply to MSPs?
Tavish Scott, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, sold a flat in Edinburgh in 2005 for a profit of £36,000. He had claimed second home mortgage interest on his flat. How much of that profit from his subsidised flat was given back to the taxpayer?
Again in 2005, our former MSP bought a house in Edinburgh for £380,000. He was claiming £991 a month on second home mortgage interest payments before the election. Subsidised property speculation at the expense of taxpayers!
All of this was within the rules, rules set up by MSPs, not surprisingly. The morality of using the system in this way is a different matter.