At the bottom of this, in my opinion, is a project that should never have happened in the form it has taken. Firstly, Bilfingers massively underbid, which should have rung warning bells, and secondly, large infrastructure projects like this should have been overseen by the Westminster government and not left it to local councillors who are clearly out of their depth.
The Herald declares:
The citizens and business community of Edinburgh and Scotland’s taxpayers are heading towards a grim choice between a tram link so truncated that it will require a permanent public subsidy and scrapping the whole project – the equivalent of throwing £400m into holes in the ground.
Meanwhile, don't try driving around Edinburgh. The place is a disaster area.
PS, this is not the only massive waste of public money. "The Gathering" a silly nationalist idea that tried to boost tourism got a secret government loan of £180,000 to the company that ran it and later went bust with debts of £700,000.