Monday 2 December 2002

No matter whom you vote for, the government gets in!

A row has broken out following the leaking of the Scottish Cabinet's plans for legislation after next May's election:
Opposition leaders said it revealed an "arrogant assumption" that the Labour-Lib Dem coalition would continue in government.
It may seem to be prudent for all contenders, including the present government, to make plans for life after the election but, as the quote indicates, we have a coalition government:
Opposition parties said these detailed plans undermined the argument that Labour and the Lib Dems will fight the coming election as entirely separate parties
If Labour and the Illiberal Democrats have already agreed to form another coalition, their electoral expense limit should reflect that fact and the monitoring authorities should treat them as one party.