Imminent rail vote
This is getting interesting. The SNP Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson says he’s still not impressed by the case for Edinburgh trams and a rail link to the capital’s airport. He says he’d rather spend the cash electrifying the Glasgow to Edinburgh rail line.
Opposition parties say that’s bogus: the projects are years apart and don’t clash. As billed here, Labour, the LibDems and the Tories have ganged up against the SNP.
They want the trams to go ahead - with the caveat that cost over-runs land on the city council. They want action to sort out EARL.
In a few minutes, MSPs will vote. They’re certain to back the opposition line. So what do ministers do? Give way - or go their own way.
Watch this space.
PS: There’s even gossip that there could be a no confidence motion against Mr Stevenson if the executive remains defiant.