Thursday, 29 January 2009

Those Budget Negotiations

I hear that the Lib Dems are backpeddling furiously and have gone cap-in-hand to the SNP promising to forget about their demands for a 2p tax cut. I'm surprised it took them so long.

Meanwhile, I understand that Labour are continuing to take stick from their Cosla loving cooncillors and are also looking for a way out.

Some pundits wondered why John Swinney simply didn't give in to the demands of the Greens for extra cash, but had he done so, then the Tories would have held out for a proportionate increase in their negotiated settlement. Clearly, Mr Swinney was between a rock and a hard place on that one, and whilst he may have been able to give the Greens what they wanted, he would have struggled to provide the extra to meet the Tories' demands. Especially given that budget calculations seemed to be worked out on the backs of envelopes with five minutes before the vote last night.

For the SNP, a deal with the Lib Dems will allow them to give the Greens a swift kick in the proverbial for their audacity. The Lib Dems will be delighted with a get-out given their rather poor poll ratings just now. No party wants a Scottish Parliament election right now, and if, in the unlikely event that this happened, there is no doubt in my mind that the Lib Dems would be biggest losers.

It will be interesting to see who comes out with what at the end of this. The possibility that Patrick Harvie's gamble may see him lose everything he had in his hand last night may well prove to be a very real one.

2 comments:

Fox In Detox said...

Yikes, and I thought the "logic" of our government was difficult to understand. Ps...What's a Torry again? I keep forgetting :o)

Jim said...

Hey Fox, the Tories might be loosely compared to your Republicans (I think) :-)