What, when we have to go 'cap-in-hand' to Brussels and ask their permission to reduce petrol by 5p a litre?*
"Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander revealed officials were in talks with Europe over plans to introduce a duty discount of up to 5 pence on a litre of fuel for some rural areas."
Another quotation that must qualify as 'political double talk' is:
"I can announce today that with my approval Treasury officials have started the process of engaging with the European Commission on our detailed plans."
which translates as:
"The Coalition have had this idea of a fuel price reduction for certain areas, but if we can bring it in we need to ask the EU first, so I have requested my officials to get in touch with Brussels"
As has been pointed out, this is no more than further subsidising Scotland at the expense of taxpayers in general.
* And before the comments 'pour in', yeah, yeah, I know 'why'!
H/T: IanPJ on Politics on Twitter.