Deal on the table
John Swinney arrived at Holyrood a short time ago to deliver his spending statement this afternoon. He was, understandably, giving no information.
A student of political history, he undoubtedly remembers the Chancellor who had to resign because he gave a line from his budget to a journalist on the way into the Commons.
(For the purists, it was Hugh Dalton in 1947. The journalist was John Carvel.)
But here’s a little snippet – not from Swinney, J. Seems there is a deal on the cards over a council tax freeze. But it’s with Cosla leaders – not with individual councils.
Those of you who were listening to BBC Radio Scotland this morning at 0633 (whaddyamean, you were asleep) will know the outline.
If a council signs up to the Cosla-recommended freeze, it gets access to the extra pot of gold on offer from Ministers. If it doesn’t, it won’t.