HeraldScotland reports a not unexpected Scottish reaction to suggestions [they are presently no more than this] that a high speed rail should be created between Manchester and Leeds and, eventually, Hull.
“Anger at lack of high speed rail link to Scotland” is the headline in HeraldScotland! SEE HERE: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/wider-political-news/anger-at-lack-of-high-speed-rail-link-to-scotland.24570350
From this reaction, who would imagine that Transport (by road, rail and air) is a devolved matter for the national assembly in Holyrood to administer. Indeed, we have yet hear of any proposals for high speed rail links anywhere in Scotland so, presumably, Scotland is expecting England to dole out more dosh for them to spend inefficiently yet again.
Lest readers still believe in Scottish financial prudence, see here: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/01/edinburgh-tram-system-opens
and here (5): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27714679
The Edinburgh Tram Project was not only scaled down with a shorter route, but late and over-budget!
This is yet another Caledonian cock-up consistent with the overspend on the Scottish Assembly building and, of course, the reckless conduct of the Scots mis-running HBOS and RBS in the period prior to September 2008.
All this against a backdrop whereby Alistair Darling [MP for Edinburgh South West] as Secretary of State for Transport in ENGLAND cancelled a Supertram project for Leeds, population 725,000 (which compares with Edinburgh’s 450,000 population), in 2004 for £500 million “as being prohibitively expensive”? SEE HERE: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2004/jul/21/politics.communities2
[I touched on this and other matters on 19 April 2014 in my piece “ENGLAND is bearing the cost of Scottish bankers’ recklessness & Cameron’s disloyalty” to be found here: https://englishdemocratssouthwestcampaign.wordpress.com/ ]
Finally, it should not be overlooked that England, by far the largest of the UKs nations, has thus far been denied a national parliament of her own whereby she could administer her own transport arrangements without the constant interference from representatives from Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland.