If you factor in the running costs for the Scottish Parliament, plus a few of the excellently run projects the locals have been involved in, to whit:I'd be tempted to give the Scottish government an opportunity to really cock things up and then give a referendum, not on independence but on whether Scotland (and Wales) still want devolved governments.
I'd pay good money to see Sturgeons face when the Scots vote to close Holyrood.
Although I'll admit that there is more chance of the Welsh voting to get rid of theirs.
1. The costs for the Parliament Buildings (which seem to be in a permanent state of modification/repair..)
2. The Edinburgh Tram farce.
3. Police Scotland.
4. The Forth Crossing.. (Yes I know this has been completed, but just wait, there are some cracking political corpses buried in the concrete, or to be more precise the steel!)
The Scottish Parliament is not much more than a jumped up Toon Cooncil, and scarcely better run! From where I stand, Labour thought it would have a permanent majority north of the border, and this was the basis for the devolution.. stupid, stupid people!
Never forget that the SNP used to be called the "tartan tories" and that the current beast is of a significantly different hue to its original manifestation, brought about by the manipulations of both Salmond and Sturgeon.
Boris must learn the lessons from Thatcher, who made the fundamental mistake of not understanding that Scotland is legally and bureaucratically a different country. In the old days, much of Scottish business was carried out through the Scottish Office using existing Scottish Legal processes. Thatcher's government pulled many of these responsibilities into London based offices, and took powers that had never been held south of the border since the Union. This alienated a wide swathe of Scottish bureaucracy against the Conservatives and pushed them initially into the Labour camp and subsequently across to the SNP.
IMHO the whole devolution thing has been a bonfire of the vanities, egged on to a great extend by the Scottish Civil Service.. Boris may just like to think about this when taking a much needed scythe to the civil service!
Just noted that DFID (aka the "keep that bloody Short woman occupied department") is to be returned to the FO! Excellent work Boris.. on! on!
You can start by telling the "The Scottish Government" to rename itself back to "The Scottish Office"!