"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 20 July 2009

Barnett Formula Condemned

But they're not going to do anything about it. The House of Lords Committee on the Barnett Formula has said it is "arbitrary and unfair". Even Barnett himself says it's outdated and needs overhauling. Harriet Harman has apparently claimed that abolishing the formula would 'push Scotland out of the union' and Blair said abolishing it would lead to 'the break-up of the union'.

And why is David Cameron keeping quiet? In May last year he said: "If we replace the Barnett formula with a needs-based formula, Scotland has very great needs and Scotland will get very great resources." Asked if the formula was coming to the end of the road, he said: "Yes, that's right. I want this to happen in a consensual, sensible, non-inflammatory way and that's why I've been so reticent about it."

I like the joke of using The Proclaimers as a soundtrack to this video:

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