- Liberals and Nationalists have been running Edinburgh for two years.
- everything in those two years has been wonderful - everything!
- everything in the previous 23 years was awful - everything!
- a Liberal is the current Finance spokesperson
- he has form on taking responsibility seriously
- the UK budget isn't set until next week
- there may be a Barnett consequential, in terms of additional efficiency savings for the Scottish Government
- it could amount to a total of £500million (that's half of one billion pounds for all of Scotland) for the whole Scottish Government
- that's not Local Government, but the whole of Scottish Government (NHS in Scotland etc.)
- but hey, it may be theoretical at the moment, but in a rash of maturity I'll blame all my problems on that possible efficiency saving being fully implemented and a share given to Local Government in Scotland
- I know I sound like a Nationalist, but I'm a Liberal so I can sound how I like
Grown up politics - just what we need at the moment.
And here's what is conveniently missing from this stunning analysis:
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2008/09 was £33.2billion
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2009/10 is £34.5billion
- funding for the Scottish Government in 2010/11 will be £35.6billion
- yes - that's right - a real terms increase year on year
- over £50billion was pumped into Scotland to save Scotland's two biggest banks - by the Scottish Government? ; by the Liberals in Edinburgh? ; I think you know the answers.
- over £2billion has been delivered directly to Scottish people via recent tax changes (most implemented just a few weeks ago at the start of the new financial year) - by the Scottish Government? ; by the Liberals in Edinburgh? ; I think you know the answers.
This whole approach is highly intelligent and treats voters with the respect they deserve: of course everything in Edinburgh is the fault of London and nothing --- absolutely nothing --- is the fault of the inspirational leadership that we've seen at the City of Edinburgh Council over the last two years.