Trams back on track
And so the SNP government gave way. To a degree.
Defeated by the combined might of the opposition parties, John Swinney, the finance secretary, announced in Holyrood tonight that he was conceding.
Edinburgh trams will go ahead - and he’ll look again at the project to build a rail link to the capital’s airport.
So the will of parliament prevails.
SNP ministers calculate they can bank some goodwill by giving ground on this - goodwill they may need to cash later in still more troubled times ahead.
But up to a point, Lord Copper.
Mr Swinney accepts the terms of the motion enforced upon him by the three main opposition parties.
That means any cost overrun will land upon the city council.
And while Mr Swinney will review the airport link, he says bluntly that he thinks it’s “had it”.
Stand by for an alternative, much less ambitious scheme.