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Time to smash tax breaks for our bastions of inequality

Private schools’ outrage at losing their rates relief has been predictably hysterical

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I’ll say this for Scottish politics: it isn’t short of drama.

Just before Christmas, the Scottish government’s finance secretary, Derek Mackay, stood before the chamber in Holyrood and delivered his budget proposals for the coming year. It’s safe to say that some of his decisions have caused quite a stir.

The changes to income tax and potential cuts in local authority funding generated plenty of well-deserved headlines – although the latter still feels under-analysed – but there was another decision that provoked a flurry of reaction: the decision to strip private schools of millions of ...

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