Strip all the hyperbole away and here are the facts on the "Scottish Government's" Budget for the next few years:
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2008/09 was £33.3billion
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2009/10 is £34.8billion
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2010/11 will be £35.5billion
But the last figure above: £35.5billion for 2010/11 - does now take account of all the 'much-debated' efficiency savings - is higher than this year's budget ... and double what the first, First Minister had available in 1999.
Despite constantly espousing that this is a new political era, why can't the Nationalists just actually get on with governing the country in a constructive fashion?
--- I'll tell you why: doing such doesn't suit their main political goal.