For anybody paying attention to such things, this coming week will, apparently, see publication of the current Scottish Government’s budget for next year. Along with reports from Westminster, all the indications seem to be that Scotland is about to hit hard times.
It’s the third budget for this Parliament and sparks are bound to fly. They always do.
If memory serves correctly, the opposition didn’t much like the first year’s offering and the Minister-for-All-Things and right-hand man to the Braw Leader, had to threaten to resign if it didn’t get voted through. Well, it did and Mr S lived to budget another day.
Come year 2 and we were in the grip of a credit crunch (not yet a recession). Times were tight and the opposition liked the budget even less. Once again Mr S threatened to resign if it didn’t get voted through. This time round his bluff was called and the vote was lost. Astonishingly (nah, not really) there were no resignations and "a deal was struck".
So, here we are at year 3, breath bated. Are times hard? Yes. Will Mr S threaten to resign? Probably. Will he actually go?