Pretty desperate stuff from Scottish Unionist, putting up anti-SNP quotes from the three main unionist parties and implying their similarity amounts to a burgeoning anti-nationalist alliance. Such an occurrence would of course be the stuff that dreams are made of in SU-land (Iain Gray as First Minster, Tavish Scott as his loyal deputy and Annabel Goldie as Minister for Pan-Union Integration and Harmony - the dream team). But, hang on a minute - wouldn't it be equally possible to find strikingly similar quotes from Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP all attacking the Tories for wanting to 'do nothing' about the recession? Does that mean we have a 'pan-centre-left alliance'? And then there's the fact that the SNP, Tories and Lib Dems are all in agreement in denouncing Labour's attempts to introduce compulsory ID cards and increase the period of detention without trial - is that a 'pan-libertarian alliance'?
In truth, there's nothing unusual about any of this. Any combination of three parties in Scotland can usually be relied upon to wholeheartedly agree with each other on one thing - they hate the fourth. But, to be the mischievous for a moment, there is of course one other thing the three unionist parties all agreed on recently - they all supported the SNP's budget!