I am intrigued by Alex Salmonds threat to resign if he doesn’t get his budget through. A bit of brinkmanship I thought at first but actually there is a wee bit of honesty about it, (that was tough to type!). Thing is, he’s running a minority administration, That means everything has to be by consensus. The budget is the core frame of reference for any other decision-making through-out the year. If a consensus can’t be reached on that, (even if it is a consensus of only half plus one of the MSPs), then the opportunity for consensus on anything else is surely limited and the basis of minority government is that consensus can be reached on issues that matter.
Now I have no doubt that Alex Salmond has chosen the timing of his comments very carefully and that it’s everything to do with promoting the SNP and very little to do anything else, but he is right. If he can’t get his budget through he should resign but were he to do so, it would be an act of some integrity and should be seen as such.
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