A YouGov survey has exposed 'mounting English resentment over the level of Treasury funding Scotland receives - currently 20% higher than that south of the border.' The findings also noted growing concern in England about benefits, including free personal care for the elderly and free higher education, which are available in Scotland but not in England.
But this isn't all about money. This argument highlights one of the differences between the English and Scots. We prioritise differently here. We understand our country is nothing without free education and good health care for all age groups. Our politicians understand that and know well that they would be given the bum's rush if they didn't meet the expectation of the people.
Of course the Scottish government doesn't have the fiscal responsibility of Westminster but, with the reinstatement of the Scottish Parliament, MSPs are much closer to the people. They are under closer scrutiny than a Westminster MP and therefore must be more accountable for their actions. The people appear to have more power here than in England.
Perhaps us Scots expect more from our politicians. Politicians will always whine about not having money, because that's their function, but we mustn't forget it's not their money, it's ours. If we insisted Douglas Alexander stopped behaving like the world's benefactor then there could be money available. Also, if we insisted troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan, money would be available. We all know our armed forces aren't in Afghanistan to protect us; they are there for purely political reasons.
For too long Westminster has ignored the people. When Blair ignored the millions who took to the streets of London against the Iraq war he got away with it. He stole power from the people and the Westminster government has been slowly stealing more and more, aided and abetted by the tories. It's up to the people of England to recover their power and ensure their elected representatives carry out their wishes and not those of their political party.
If I lived in England I'd be writing to my local Valuation Office Agency to check if my home has been given the code CL26. 543,373 homes have been listed in the wrong council tax band without their owners being told.