WHAT Scotland desperately needs is a growing economy. What Scotland is actually getting is stagnation and almost inevitably recession. Economists know you cannot tax your population to the extent that work no longer pays. Shona Robison missed that bit (“Scottish Budget: Shona Robison and the ‘tax and axe’ Budget”, heraldscotland, December 19). If taxation is not reflected in better public services then there is neither incentive nor desire to contribute when, if needed, there is nothing to take back out. This is basic. The Greens obviously don’t understand this but it appears neither does the SNP. What happens next year when the extra taxation either doesn’t materialise or has little to no effect? Ms Robison is simply kicking the empty can a little further down the road. Is this progressive government in action? Dr Gerald Edwards, Glasgow.