Angus - a proud Highlander who gave me one of my first jobs back when I was fresh faced graduate in the early noughties - has taken the unusual (for him, at least) step of airing some fairly strident views on the Scottish National Party's economic policies. The former Army man also says he is considering selling his house and re-locating down south.
The letter to John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, is pasted below:
Cabinet secretary for Finance
We have met several times and I have always felt you were a reasonable and sensible politician.
If that business leader sees LBBT (stamp duty) at top end houses more than twice that of England, if he believes that land reform legislation may result in him having his land taken from him and that he cannot leave that land to say his daughter to farm it rather than equally to all five children. If he reads about new bands of council taxes being considered on higher value property and a local income tax based on ability to pay then you can guarantee that many will be wondering whether to relocate their business down south.
Now with the drop in the oil price and the prospect of losing our Barnett formula top up combined with c.50% of our GDP being from the public sector a flourishing business sector is crucial to ensure we can make ends meet.