The politics of the Scottish budget…

Jeff reckons it puts the Parliament front and centre and that the willingness of all sides to do a deal augurs well for Scottish devolution. He has the SNP as the clear winners. Calum is just relieved. It struck me that although this is new for Scotland, the kind of horse trading and protracted negotiations is not unfamiliar to the erstwhile watchers of Leinster House. Is John Swiney the Bertie Ahern; Scotland’s new fixer-in-chief? Malc thinks no one but the Tories came out of the whole process with any grace or favour. NOt that the ‘love’ has lasted the length of the day, says the Steamie

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