The tri-partite consultation on the future constitutional arrangements for Scotland has commenced (funded by the Scottish Parliament and UK government). This will be competing with the SNP Minority Government’s national conversation. The latest consultation will examine the thorny and complex issue of the UK funding arrangements – the infamous Barnett formula. Nick Robinson seems to think Barnett is on its way out. Maybe the Northern Ireland Executive should be thinking of making a submission and we could learn something from our Canadian cousins attempts to wrestle with similar issues.