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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."