The report later says:
The Scottish Liberal Democrats are preparing to ditch Jack McConnell as First Minister by declining to enter a coalition with Labour after next year’s Holyrood election.
LibDem leader Nicol Stephen wants to loosen ties with Labour by changing the party’s policy of automatically negotiating with the largest group in the Scottish parliament.
Senior strategists say Nicol does not want to share office with a party “on the way down” and would prefer to keep his options open on a three-way coalition with the SNP and Greens.
One senior LibDem source said: “The current strategy tied us to a coalition with Labour because it was obvious they’d be the largest party by a comfortable margin after the 1999 and 2003 elections.It also seems that Jim Wallace is to publish his memoirs. They will:
“But what we don’t want is to enter talks next year with a party clearly on the way down and which is held in contempt by the voters. We want to keep all options open, such as coalitions with other parties.”
focus on the struggle to secure a devolved parliament and will deal with his six years as Deputy First Minister. It will also contain insights into UK figures such as Menzies Campbell, as well as former party leaders Charles Kennedy and Paddy Ashdown.Thanks to agentmancuso.