According to this week's Sunday Times Scotland is the most affluent country in Britain.
A study reveals that a decade of devolution has produced higher wages and less poverty and unemployment than in England.
The changes have prompted renewed calls for an end to the funding policy which gives Scots 20% higher public spending than those south of the border. (I've put the map of Scotland on the right hand side just to show the land mass which the money covers because I think so many MPs think Scotland is just an irritating small blot on the UK map.)
In the last 10 years child poverty in Scotland fell from 28.2% to 19.6%, while in England it fell from 25.2% in 1999 to 22.1% in 2008.
Peter Bone, the tory MP for Wellingborough, speaking through clenched teeth I presume, said "Scotland has done very well, so it should not be subsidised. There is a danger to the union if extremists in England start saying, why is Scotland getting all this money? The Barnett formula needs to be looked at again." Scotland subsidised? Even I don't accept that. Mr Bone supports the cheap electricity England receives from Scotland while Scots have to pay higher prices and he also enjoys a trip round the M25 when it's quiet and the odd weekend in Paris using Eurostar so I'm told. All built by Scotland's oil.
The Sunday Times reports in another article that a Birmingham electrician has earned £124,000 in a year, 58 other workers including binmen, gardeners and gravediggers were paid bonuses of up to £20,000 each. A dustcart driver was paid £50,917 and binmen were paid up to £46,000. A traffic lights repairman was paid £81,940 and a road painter £57,591.
On these figures is it any wonder Scotland's wealth is rising? I've yet to hear of a Scottish council which has paid an electrician £124,000. If you know of one I'm sure you'll let me know.