Speaking to COSLA's annual conference last week Alex Salmond said:
"This Government will not sit idly by and accept cuts imposed from Westminster."
Looks to me like the no cuts message the SNP have been spouting for months.
Yet on Saturday at his party's General Election launch he said:
"Because at this election the message is simple.
"MORE NATS MEANS LESS CUTS"
It may be simple but it is not clear.
He's been accusing the other parties and even in this speech of having the "axe sharpened and poised" yet for all his rhetoric he has just announced that even voting SNP there will be cuts. Where was the clarion cry of "U-Turn"?
I'll be fair earlier on he did also say:
"The London parties talk about cuts as though it was all about numbers on a balance sheet. But we know different. Behind those cuts will be real people, real services, real jobs.
Thing is the Liberal Democrats are aware that having to make cuts to make up for Labour and the bankers folly can make an impact on people lives. That is why we are balancing cuts with holding back on some of our objectives. Balancing taxes so that the lowest paid don't suffer while we find ways to pay for things fairly. We've also promised to balance cuts with investment in employment and education opportunities so that those that have been suffering will have a way to make things better both for themselves and for our economy.
Salmond says "we as a community know the value of looking out for each other; the value of investing in education, in housing and in health." Dare I ask where is the new investment in school infrastructure since the SNP came to power, the investment they they promised to match brick for brick has not been forthcoming.