Well was voting down of the SNP 2009 budget really a surprise? I think not the SNP certainly didn’t come out of it with too many brownie points, the political last-minute shenanigans trying to get a deal with the Greens was immature and ill thought out. Patrick Harvie is well-known for his fiery temper and frankly the way he was treated by the party supposedly in power was reminiscent of school yard bullying and now apparently he has to carry the can for the crashing of Salmond’s/Swinney’s budget. When in fact the real blame lies with the other 62 MSPs who voted the budget down. The Greens request for an on original £100 million for insulating the homes of Scotland was watered down to £33 million however as he could get no guarantees that this would be new money he felt he couldn’t trust the SNP to deliver. Mr Harvey has only one mandate, all things green, and it is frankly great to see somebody who stuck to their principles. His passion for what he believes in was quite obvious from the anger he could barely hide when replying to the budget debate Nice to know there are still politicians whose beliefs are interwoven with the fabric of their emotions.
The Liberal party seemed to have simply decided not to play the game at all having been told that their 2% income tax cut was an absolute no-no due to the hole that would it leave in the overall budget, strange an income tax cut being suggested by the Liberal Democrats did they not fight to the last British general election on a platform to raise taxation to pay for education.
Margo MacDonald once again put country first and allowed the party which had been voted in albeit by one vote to manage the affairs of Scotland to have her backing. The Tories, this is becoming an annoying habit when your heart and soul are left of centre, once again acted like adults requesting reasonable bribes (I don’t think there’s a more apt term for it) for their support.
Now we come to the Labour Party who are obviously enjoying the fact, finally, that they can put a spoke in the wheel of most SNP plans at almost any time. However I think many people will see this as a childish prank from the Labour Party. What have they to gain from another election, do they really believe that they can bring back the vote that was once loyal to them. They have acted and indeed are acting in the best interests of the Labour Party not the country and most people will see the petty politics involved in this. Should Alex Salmond resigned and leave the post of first Minister vacant, you can be sure that the Labour Party will do everything in their power to put Ian Gray up as the next first Minister. Frankly I would rather have Donald duck to represent Scotland at the international level.
The knock on effect will first be felt on the 12th of February when local authorities start to set their council tax rates, at that point they still will not know whether they are to get the 70 million from this new budget to cover the council tax freeze. So your pocket as a council tax payer is in the firing line, perhaps in future all MSP’s should undergo a hormone test to ensure they are actually passed puberty.