Wednesday, 4 February 2009

The Scottish Budget

A week ago the Scottish budget was rejected by 65 votes to 64. Today it has been approved, and by a huge majority, with all parties except the Greens voting in favour of passing it. What was it that induced such a change of heart among the Opposition?

First, had it been defeated a second time the Scottish people would have laid the blame on the opposition, and particularly on Labour. Secondly, had it been defeated Alex Salmond and the SNP government would have called for a new election for the Scottish Parliament.

And what would this have resulted in, do you suppose? A massive vote of confidence in the governing party and a substantial increase in the return of SNP candidates to the Scottish Parliament! It is no wonder that the 33 billion pound budget was approved.

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