Scotland’s minority SNP government, led by First Minister Alex Salmond, has failed to get this year’s budget passed after a tied 64-64 vote saw Presiding Officer, Alex Fergusson [added link], cast his deciding vote against the motion. It appears that last minute efforts to sway the two Green Party MSPs failed, whilst the Conservatives voted with the SNP along with one Independent. On his blog BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor discusses the rights and wrongs of an opposition voting down a budget, and ends up on the fence. I’d have thought they had every right to do so, if they can. But will the opposition hold? And if so will Salmond resign? Probably not, but we’ll have to wait and see.