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Poor old Alex Salmond. Things haven't been going too well for him lately. Maybe it was one too many whiskeys with their Burns Suppers, but the Scottish National Party Government seems to be stumbling from one embarrassment to another. First they couldn't get their “recession beating” budget passed on the first go. Then they were forced to back down on their flagship policy to scrap council tax, apparently due to a lack of “parliamentary consensus”. And then, just to add insult to injury Iain Gray, the Scottish Labour Party leader, slammed the SNPs plans for an independence referendum.