So much for Scotland’s new influence in the UK Parliament…
Scotland will face a £176.8m cut in public spending this year as a result of a savings plan announced by the UK Chancellor.
George Osborne said departmental budgets would fall by £3bn in 2015/16.
However, Scotland’s Finance Secretary John Swinney said that the cut was an “unexpected and unwarranted” imposition of further austerity.
Swinney can say what he likes; it won’t make a blind bit of difference.