ref date:13 Mar 2001 (WBA)
Labours sour grape attitude in Scotland
David Steel, acting as presiding officer, cast his vote and broke the
ruling Labour (London controlled) executive decision to cast aside
as GOOD deal for Scotlands fisherman. Now Labour is sulking saying Steel
should not have done this, and now Labour wants the presiding officer
role to be an impotent figurehead (like the parliament itself really!)
One Labour Scottish MP said "We have been waiting for a long time to get Steel and we must take advantage of this situation. It is untenable to have the presiding officer taking a decision which commits the government to spending resources".