Joyce McMillan: Time to strike out for alternatives
COMMENT: People do not mind paying high taxes so long as they see a good return for their money in terms of public services and social solidarity, Joyce McMillan writes in today's Scotsman.
McMillan hails the 'Nordic model' of comprehensive social benefits as one that Scotland could and should follow in the event of independence.
On Wednesday, it happened again; for the second time in a year, a report was published declaring Denmark the happiest of nations, as compared with the rest of Europe, and the entire world.
Among some sections of the media, the news was met with incredulity; how on earth could people be happy, asked a baffled interviewer on BBC Radio 4, when they have to pay 49 per cent of their incomes in tax?