Mentioned the so-called 'spending review' yesterday ...
... well, this is not something I say too often, but I agree completely with Edinburgh's Convener of Finance!
Local paper reports this afternoon that:
Finance Secretary John Swinney told councils they had a choice between a 2.6 per cent funding cut under an agreement to deliver government objectives or a 6.4 per cent cut if they decided not to sign.
The Government said councils which opted out of the deal, announced as part of Mr Swinney's budget yesterday, would effectively have to raise council tax by around 18 per cent.
Edinburgh's finance convener Phil Wheeler said: "That's not really a choice, is it?"
What can I say - it really is 'gun-to-your-head' territory ...
... and is as clear an indication as you'll ever get, of the level of respect that local government currently has in modern Scotland :-(