I have spent most of today parked on the M25 on my to and back from the Newsnight studio. They are doing a feature on Alex Salmond's astonishing assertion that Scotland doesn't get enough taxpayers' money spent on it! Last time I looked each person in Scotland gets an extra £1,000 spent on them compared to the English. Newsnight will be playing an extraxct from Justice for England's Part of the Union video which I posted earlier this week (to much joy and horror in equal measure!). I made the point that the Barnett formula needs revisiting, as well as the question of an English Parliament or Grand Committee.
I was told today - and if someone can provide the evidence I'd be grateful - that under the Barnett formula Scotland will actually benefit from the Crossrail project. Bear with me. If the Government commits £5 billion to an infrastructure project in England, it has to whip eleven eighty-fifths of the cost up to Edinburgh pretty damn quick. Seems lunatic and improbable to me, but nothing would surprise me. Can anyone shed any light on it?