Alastair Allan MSP on Newsnicht refused to budge on the assertion that the coalition has no legitimacy here, and the Lib Dems are just propping up a Tory government with one seat, which was opposed by 85% of Scots who voted. But the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives last week scrapped slightly more than the SNPs share of the Scottish vote in the 2007 election. So is AA trying to defend the indefensible?
There is a key difference - and not just the one advanced by Allan, that the SNP actually won, whereas in Scotland this is a government of losers. The SNP tried and failed to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats in 2007 - the latter now find the Conservatives more acceptable bed fellows. Only after being rebuked by the Lib Dems did Salmond chose to govern as a minority, accepting that he would need to bring others on board policy by policy. The nationalist Holyrood government does not dictate to Scotland - the arithmetic doesn't allow it.
The Con Lib Alliance does. They will decide what's good for us then force it through parliament with English MPs. There was lots of talk tonight that the Lib Dems had a mandate due to their healthy number of Scottish MPs. But perhaps a better way of judging their "right to rule" would be to consider the parts of their manifesto relating to Scotland. How much of these made it into the partnership deal announced today?
Trident - of particular interest to Scotland since these weapons of mass destruction are currently squatting on the Clyde. Total Lib Dem cave in- they misleadingly gave the impression during the campaign that they were against renewing the missile system.
Accelerated budget cuts: Lib Dems said they were against the Tory plan to start cutting deeply this year. Total cave in again. Unemployment in Scotland is now higher than in England and we are more vulnerable to a double dip recession as a result of this decision.
Abolish the Scotland Office: I'll believe it when I see it. Young Danny looked VERY pleased with his new job.
No tax on incomes below £10k. This is a concession from Cons to Libs which could benefit poor Scots but no timetable when it will happen.
Funding: Libs are making a big deal of how their plans for health and education will have consequences for Scotland. This just means what happens at the moment. Spending decisions are made about English health, education, police etc based on English needs and priorities. The rise or fall is passed proportionately to Scotland through the Barnett formula. We have to make the best of it, even though our needs were not considered when determining the funding.
So do the Lib Cons have a mandate? I think we all know the answer.