During Question Time the PM hinted at this reversal but used the opportunity to make a sad attempt to improve the currently disastrous image of her Scottish MPs and said the change would be because of their representations to the Treasury. I reported on this in October:
After endless exposures of bigotry, neo-facism, racism, misogyny and homophobia among the ranks of their activists, councillors, MSPs and MPs, are the Scottish Tories trying to do something useful. Here’s some of their ‘previous’:
However, Scotland’s 13 Tory MPs have all written to the Chancellor to ask him to give the Scottish police and fire services VAT-exemption as is the case for their English equivalents. The anomaly is because the Scottish services are ‘national’ while the English services are ‘local’ thus exempt from VAT by HMRC under current legislation. Since 2013, Police Scotland has paid a total of £76.5 million in Vat and currently has a £25 million overspend despite an extra £55 million this year from the Scottish Government. It’s clear what is causing the overspend. As the Scottish Tories’ popularity seems to be falling again in the polls, I suspect the Chancellor might be more sympathetic to them than he has been to the same plea from the Scottish government over the last few years. So, admittedly useful but probably mainly self-interested like the DUP deal Theresa did to survive.
However, it’ll clearly take more than this news, no matter how much GMS and RepScot carpet bomb us with the story, to help them now. Peak Oil may not be as soon as we thought but Peak Scottish Tories has passed. See this for evidence: