David Cameron has announced a £500m cash boost for Glasgow which will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs.
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What we have here is a partnership between a Tory Government in London and a British Labour administration in Glasgow for the sole purpose of undermining the Scottish Government. If it was otherwise then why did the UK Government refuse to liaise with Edinburgh?
Will anybody stop to think where this supposedly "new" money will come from? Rather obviously, it will come from cuts to the block grant. As well as seeking to drive a wedge between Holyrood and local authorities, the intention is to oblige the Scottish Government to make cuts elsewhere in order to "match" funding which it is effectively also providing.
This whole "deal" stinks. And it only serves to illustrate the fact that devolved powers are ultimately meaningless so long as London holds the purse strings. It offers a glimpse of what will happen in a post-No vote Scotland as the British state uses its powers over Scotland's budget to force us to come into line with what the UK Government is doing in England.
The first target will be our NHS. Every effort will be bent to forcing the Scottish Government to start privatising health services in Scotland. The British state simply cannot allow the embarrassing example of a fully functioning public health service just across the border that opponents of "reform" in the rest of the UK can point to as an example of a different way.
Beware British politicians bearing gifts!