Do you want PR or not?

Annabel Goldie, leader of the Scotish Conservatives, has won a number of major consessions in return for supporting the SNP’s budget. Do I feel 100% comfortable with a unionist party (us) siding with a seperatist party (SNP)? Not particularly, but it has meant that our plans for extra police, a national drug strategy and a cut in business taxation have gone through.

The thing which strikes me is the Lib Dem reaction to these negotiations. They are calling it “back room dealings” and seem genuinely upset that a minority party (us) are negotiating with the government (SNP).

Well that is how PR government works! If you don’t like it, stop calling for it.

12 responses to “Do you want PR or not?

  1. Very good point James and it shows that votes for the Conservatives in Scotland were not wasted votes as I and reactionary snob suggested last year http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2007/04/she-wasnt-celeb.htmlI admit I was wrong and I am pleased to see the Tories engaging in Scottish politics, even if it is to support the SNP and the break up of the Union 😉 With this deal everyone is a winner (apart from Labour and Lib Dems) the concessions made to the Tories were good concessions and will benefit the people of Scotland.Does it make you change your mind about PR or do you support the Lib Dem criticisms this time?

  2. Very good point James and it shows that votes for the Conservatives in Scotland were not wasted votes as I and reactionary snob suggested last year http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2007/04/she-wasnt-celeb.htmlI admit I was wrong and I am pleased to see the Tories engaging in Scottish politics, even if it is to support the SNP and the break up of the Union 😉 With this deal everyone is a winner (apart from Labour and Lib Dems) the concessions made to the Tories were good concessions and will benefit the people of Scotland.Does it make you change your mind about PR or do you support the Lib Dem criticisms this time?

  3. You’re so right James. PR does generate situations like this. We could have forced another election, would have that been good for Scotland though? Also, Lib Dems were doing ‘front room dealings’ when they were cosy with Labour in Edinburgh but opposing them in Westminster. Is that better or worse?

  4. You’re so right James. PR does generate situations like this. We could have forced another election, would have that been good for Scotland though? Also, Lib Dems were doing ‘front room dealings’ when they were cosy with Labour in Edinburgh but opposing them in Westminster. Is that better or worse?

  5. Erm…how is this different to the behaviour of the LibDems in joining Labour in the first eight years of the Scottish Parliament?I guess that the difference is that we are dealing with the SNP on an issue by issue basis whereas the LibDems wholeheartedly signed up with Labour and ditched a few manifesto promises in the process simply to get power. If we can continue to advance our agenda in Scotland in exchange for propping up the SNP where required, so much the better. The longer that Labour are out of power in Brown’s backyard, the better!

  6. Erm…how is this different to the behaviour of the LibDems in joining Labour in the first eight years of the Scottish Parliament?I guess that the difference is that we are dealing with the SNP on an issue by issue basis whereas the LibDems wholeheartedly signed up with Labour and ditched a few manifesto promises in the process simply to get power. If we can continue to advance our agenda in Scotland in exchange for propping up the SNP where required, so much the better. The longer that Labour are out of power in Brown’s backyard, the better!

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