These hard-hitting posters are due to be launched by the English Democrat candidate for London Mayor tomorrow ... in Holyrood! The Scottish newspapers are up in arms with the Sunday Mail calling them "pathetic" and "ridiculous". Political posters are a bit pointless unless they go a bit over the top as they would be ignored if all they said was "Vote English Democrat", so from that viewpoint they have worked. However, will they be covered by the London media? I doubt it - and that's where the votes are. I don't know how many poster boards the EngDems have bought up, but the only way they will have an effect is if they are covered by the media.
I understand why the Scottish media is up in arms, but they have real difficulty arguing with the substance of the point the posters are making - that the English continue to subsidise Scotland to an unacceptable degree. We can argue about the exact figures all we like - and the ones mentioned in the posters seem higher than I have seen quoted before - but the issue needs to be addressed.
There is another point though. I think I am right in saying that compared to other parts of England, London gets a huge subsidy courtesy of the taxpayer. Perhaps the citizens of Kent and Yorkshire will start demanding their money back too. I have no problems with poorer areas of the country receiving more largesse from the taxpayer if their needs warrant it. What I and many others (in all parties) object to is an automatic subsidy to a country with its own Parliament and tax raising powers (which it chooses not to use). It's a good thing that the Barnett Formula is at least being reviewed. I look forward to the day when it is abolished. That's not being anti-Scottish, it's standing up for fairness and equity of funding.