A reader asks for a comment on the Scottish Budget "debate" at Holyrood. Well, I'm
OK: the Tories and the Greens supported the SNP in return for promises to publish details of government expenditure online and set up an independent budgetary review commission (Tory demands) and bung more money to people wanting to insulate thier lofts (the Greens' sweetie).
But this was a phoney budget and not just because so much depends upon what happens to the block grant handed down from Westminster. Longer-term questions weren't even addressed, let alone answered. And, ultimately, a budget that dispenses spending but doesn't raise money isn't a real budget.
Which is one reason why Holyrood needs fiscal autonomy. (Or, if you prefer, as most do not, independence.)