23 May 2007

A few things

Of which the biggest is that Elish Angiolini is to remain as Lord Advocate, but will no longer be a member fo the Cabinet. The SNP had been calling for this role to be depoliticised while in Opposition and it looks like that's what's going to happen. Angiolini herself was always apolitical, and the fact that she's survived a change of government highlights that. It's likely that she'll be invited to Cabinet to give legal advice but unless such advice is needed every week, she won't be going regularly. John Beckett, however, will not be continuing as Solicitor General. It's not totally clear who's in the frame to replace him, but we do know that the Parliament will be discussing this tomorrow.

Also, it looks like the new Executive's first move will be to get rid of the tolls on the Forth and Tay. Assuming that all the SNP Members turn up to support this, and the Tories make good on their stance, that makes 63 votes in the bag for the Executive. Margo MacDonald might well support the move as well, so that would be 64. The Greens will definitely oppose, so it's down to the LibDems and/or Labour to come on side. Tellingly, Helen Eadie (Lab, Dunfermline East) has proposed the Abolition of Forth and Tay Bridge Tolls Bill, so it looks as though Labour (or at least, Labour in Fife) might well support the move.

Oh, and memo to Nicol Stephen: you do realise that you haven't publicised your Shadow Cabinet yet? The only other Party not to have done so are the Greens, who only have two members so there's hardly any point...

And finally, is it just a co-incidence that less than three weeks after Tommy Sheridan loses his seat, Ken Macintosh (Lab, Eastwood) proposes the Sunbed Licensing (Scotland) Bill?

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