SNP deal danger

I was glad to hear of Ed ­Miliband pouring cold water over the idea of a Labour minority government forming a coalition with the SNP in Westminster next year. While he did not rule out a more informal and looser deal, similar to that which the SNP enjoyed with the Conservatives at Holyrood between 2007 and 2011, ­anything more would surely be a recipe for trouble.

It would be unpopular in England, would give ammunition to the ­Conservatives and would cause problems for Jim Murphy in fighting the SNP in the Holyrood election of 2016.

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I only recently joined ­Labour and I’m currently taking the party for a test run. If I find that, come next May Angus Robertson or Alex Salmond is its back seat driver, I will quickly vacate the vehicle.

Dennis Stratton