From Brian Wilson, in the Herald today:
THE SNP’s treatment of local government has been consistently brutal. Year after year, funding was cut in real terms, both for capital projects and service provision. Freedom to innovate and meet the needs of its own communities was steadily whittled away.https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/23213753.snps-sustained-brutal-assault-local-government/
Wilson, a minister under Tony Blair’s New Labour from 1997 to 2003, seems to have forgotten his own role in slashing local government funding.
From the Guardian in 1998:
The Blair government is on course to spend relatively less than any administration since that of Harold Macmillan 40 years ago, according to an analysis today that will fuel grassroots Labour unrest at government economic policy.
Current spending plans are said to mean that public spending, expressed as a proportion of national income, will be sharply lower under Tony Blair than under even the Thatcher government that was villified by Labour for draconian spending cuts.https://www.theguardian.com/politics/1999/aug/25/labour.labour1997to993