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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Crying wolf

The problem with crying wolf is that you look pretty stupid when you are caught doing it.

The failure to pass the Scottish budget last week was (we were told) likely to result in huge jobs losses, vast increases in council tax, meteor strikes and the slaughter of the first born; all orchestrated by the nasty Labour, Lib Dems and Greens and their ridiculous spending plans.

Well that was last week.

It looks like a deal has been done.

One of the key Lib Dem requests has been accepted; Labour plans have been watered-down and adopted; and the Greens ignored.

And, you know what, the world hasn't ended. I foresee much more horse trading over future budgets.

And the bad, evil, nasty plans of the opposition are now part of the Government plans, which is all part and parcel of being a minority Government; a position the SNP exploited beautifully in the 1970's to get Callaghan's Government to promise a Referendum.

With a very rash promise (and probably almost undeliverable) to have new school building in 2009 through the Scottish Futures Trust rather than PFI, and we all remember what happened to Callaghan when he failed to deliver.

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