Is this the end of Lab-Lib Dem pact? (HAMISH MACDONELL, 3/24/06, The Scotsman)

NICOL Stephen, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, paved the way for an end to Lab-Lib Dem rule in Scotland last night when he insisted he would not compromise on either his anti- nuclear approach or his commitment to scrapping the council tax.

Mr Stephen told The Scotsman the Liberal Democrats would go into next year’s Holyrood elections with demands for a local income tax and a ban on all new nuclear power stations at the heart of their manifesto.

But with Labour taking a different view in both areas, there is now so much to divide the parties that it will be difficult for them to find sufficient common ground to form a third coalition.

Just take back full sovereignty of the nation.

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