Of course, if we axed some of the myriad tiers of bureaucracy in local and central government and dragged a few politicians' snouts out of the trough, then it might be a different story altogether.
Mark Mackenzie, London
The rising costs of this care policy is something Scotland cannot avoid, and this is inevitably going to mean more taxes and cuts elsewhere (including NHS services probably) to pay for it. But rather than continually penalising taxpayers, why not focus the necessary cuts on overpaid government pen-pushers and benefit cheats to make a lifetime of "playing the system" and/or tax avoidance less appealing?
Marly, Perth, Glenfarg