So to try to cut through the verbiage and find some facts; if we can.
The SNP Government are making cuts. The Labour Government are making cuts. Both are going to have to make cuts as a result of the mishandling of the economy.
Anyone who claims that there aren't cuts is lying to you. It really is as simple as that.
The differences between the parties are potentially important, but only in theory, as they are not really saying anything much that is different.
Conjugate the verb "cut":
- I find efficiency savings
- You make cuts
- He cannot be trusted
- We will protect jobs and services
- They are reckless with the public services
And the likely winners of that election?
No-one seems to be casting a critical eye over the Tory plans, and cleverly they are not giving too much away about these plans, but I suspect it is the most stringent - and will probably be th most overt - about the cuts that will happen.
Expect more of this nonsense over the next few months.