We haven’t had one in this series for a wee while, have we?
That’s Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Margaret Curran, accusing the First Minister of “misleading” Scots by suggesting she wants to scrap the Barnett Formula. The only possible implication can be that she doesn’t want such a thing.
Let us help refresh your memory, Margaret.
Rhodri Morgan, the former Welsh First Minister, also used the [Labour conference fringe] meeting to ask Ms Curran whether an independent organisation should distribute public money to the three devolved assemblies instead of the Treasury using the Barnett formula.
She said: ‘I do believe that we should allocate public funding on the basis of need and it should not be around just a regional or a national demarcation around that. And I think that is a challenge to the nationalists.'”
All of three weeks ago, there.
As documented on the SNP website, Curran isn’t the only person in the No campaign who wants to see the end of Barnett, by any stretch of the imagination. The current actual Scottish Secretary has said so explicitly, as has Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, and this site’s been pointing out for five months now what One Nation Labour’s pledge to “pool and share resources” in the UK post-2015 really means – an end to Barnett and money flowing out of Scotland to poor regions of England.
While the Tories and Lib Dems are at least open about their intentions, Labour mostly tries to avoid actually spelling out that it’s talking about the end of Barnett. But Ms Curran appears to have both let the cat out of the bag and then put her foot in it.
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