THE leaders in the Scottish Parliament of the Tory and Labour parties, Jackson Carlaw and Richard Leonard, week after week try to press the Scottish Government to spend more money on something or other. They both completely ignore the fact that the only money the Scottish Parliament has to spend is that provided by the Tory government in London. This is a fixed amount each year, and has frequently been reduced in real terms.

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Jackson Carlaw and Richard Leonard would therefore have more credibility if they were prepared to admit that the parliament’s funds are limited, and to suggest where they would like to see cuts in other services in order to pay for the increases in spending that they propose without any apparent thought given to where the money is going to come from.

Peter Swain
Innerwick, Dunbar