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Wednesday 16 May 2007

Salmond announces new Scottish Executive cabinet

Our new First Minister, Alex Salmond, has just announced his first cabinet since taking over the Scottish Executive earlier today. As well as five 'cabinet secretaries', 10 junior ministers were named. The Scottish Executive website gives fuller details here; these will be submitted to the Scottish Parliament this Thursday for confirmation.

The artihmetic of the new Scottish Parliament will require the SNP to rule by consensus. Basically however it remains a 'socialist'-type Party, so unless the Labour Party, Lib Dems and Greens are being particularly obtuse expect the SNP to be able to prevail provided it does not present Parliament with anything so vulgar as a proposal to hold a referendum on 'independence'. I somehow don't think it is all going to go so smoothly as that last sentence might suggest.

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