ref date:4 Jun 1999 (WBA)
Scottish government almost collapses
The coalition of Labour and Liberals, hastily flung together to keep
the Scots towing Londons line has shown massive signs of stress.
A vote last night to condemn the stealing of oil/gas/fish rich waters
from the Scots and hand it over to Londons control for Englands benefit
left the so called Scottish government with a majority of 8, after
several Liberals abstained and used their good judgement to send a message
to London - keep out of Scottish affairs.
Alex Salmond the SNP leader said "This was a good shot across the government bows. The majority is down to eight – as this issue
escalates, the pressure on those who abstained will be irresistible."