Today we heard that the Labour Government has rejected the SNP Government's plea for their capital spend to be brought forward so that they can pay for the new Forth Crossing. I suspect there's a bit of cheap politics on both sides here with the SNP wanting to exploit differences between Edinburgh and London and the Labour Government wanting to remind voters that the SNP have mismanaged their capital spending programme.
What's galling is that we've waited eighteen months for this clash. Meanwhile every day the old bridge gets a little bit older and a little bit weaker steadily reaching towards the date when it has to close to vehicles. It's not just important that the new crossing is built on time but it's also vital that the business community in Fife believes so. Otherwise confidence starts to fade and in the current climate that's the last thing Fife needs. So it's vital a conclusion is reached on the funding - quickly.
Therefore this unseemly squabble must come to an end.
What would be most sensible would be for the SNP to accept that their Scottish Futures Trust is a busted flush. They should accept the Public Private Partnership model of funding as the future of Fife's economy is more important than their hollow commitment to replace PPP.
If the SNP continue to be reckless the UK Government should step in and make the funding available. It's vital that they do.