"Dismantling the Barnett apparatus and ending Scotland’s fiscal dependency was never going to happen overnight. It will be a process of negotiation and compromise. Only a minority of Scots ever wanted full fiscal separation, or independence, and a lot fewer do following the 2008 financial crash. The SNP more or less accepts this now, which is why it unceremoniously dumped the independence referendum Bill, rather than have the indignity of seeing it mauled in the Scottish Parliament. And the truth is that what has happened this week is in line with the long-term Nationalist game plan"