The Scotsman Leaders Debate
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The Scotsman last night hosted a debate involving the leaders of Scotland's main political parties contesting the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections.
BEST LINE IN DEBATE: On whether Scotland is a "subsidy junkie", as claimed by some people in the south of England – "I don't believe Scotland is being subsidised. I think we have an adequate resource."
Until last night, it was the quiet secret of Scottish politics. Alex might be in office, but Annabel kept him in power. For the past four years, the polar opposites of Scottish politics have been unlikely partners. But now their liaison is out in the open.
"Fish, fish! Fish!" Not the canapés at the end of the packed Scotsman Leaders' Debate last night, but quite the best line in the debate.
A COALITION between the SNP and Labour after the election was branded "incredibly unlikely" by First Minister Alex Salmond last night.
UNIVERSITY chiefs last night ambushed Alex Salmond, Iain Gray and Tavish Scott and criticised their plans to provide free higher education for Scots as unrealistic and "not credible".
They came, they engaged, they debated. Last night, this newspaper brought together the leaders of the four main political parties standing for election to the Scottish Parliament in constituencies and on the regional lists.