Labour have just about sorted out their message on Trident today, despite some confusion from Ed Balls. Meanwhile, the SNP are still toying with Miliband on the issue. “I can’t be clearer,” claims Nicola Sturgeon, while obfuscating on what the SNP will demand from Labour in return for a confidence and supply deal. This is her line today:
“Any confidence and supply arrangement would require the non-renewal of Trident.”
This line was backed up by Angus Robertson on the BBC today:
“There would be no confidence and supply arrangement with the Labour Party if there was a renewal of Trident commitment by the Labour Party.”
So would the SNP vote against a Labour Queen’s Speech – including plans to renew Trident – then?
Sturgeon won’t say, because she doesn’t want to: “get ahead of the election process”.
Yet during the Scottish Leaders’ Debate last night, the SNP leader implied her party would still prop up Labour even if they went ahead with Trident renewal:
“You can beat minority governments on policy issues and force them to change direction without necessarily bringing down the government”
Sturgeon’s deputy Stuart Hosie also confirms that even if Labour voted to renew Trident, the SNP could still do deals with Labour on other policies:
“there would have to be negotiations and we would want to get as many of our progressive policies through as possible”
So the SNP will vote against Trident, but possibly not against a Queen’s Speech that includes Trident, and may still prop up a Labour government even if Trident passes… Everyone got that?