Well, I can’t say that I’m actually surprised to read in this morning’s Daily Fail that the contents of a document leaked to the press have revealed that Miliband has done a deal with Nicola Sturgeon to form a coalition government.
The leaked SNP document contains details of the concessions offered to the SNP in return for propping up Labour, prime amongst which are greater devolved tax raising powers for Scotland and the guarantee of a second independence referendum in 2019 in which Labour will agree ‘not to oppose’ a ‘Yes’ vote.
Labour will offer the SNP seats at the cabinet table and agreement over economic and welfare policies before they are announced to the public. One SNP official has been reported as saying that ‘we are looking for no more than we were promised if we decided to stay in the United Kingdom and are asking for no more than the Liberal Democrats were offered in the current coalition government.’
Labour have refused to confirm that any agreement has been reached with the SNP – although they have not gone so far as to deny it either. A source close to Ed Miliband has commented : ‘It makes sense for Ed to hedge his bets in relation to Scotland. He knows that the Labour vote will be wiped out north of the border and to deny the SNP a seat at the top table would mean he won’t be able to command a majority.’
Labour’s Ed Balls said ‘We are not entertaining any formal alliance with the SNP or any other party for that matter. We still believe we can win an overall majority.’ Given that the SNP would have a veto on economic policy under the agreement, he would say that wouldn’t he?
This document does prove one thing though – you can’t trust a single word politicians tell you when it comes to elections…
( You can read the full details of this sorry tale by clicking here )