voteBy Brian Groom
FT.com

May 6 2011

It was quite a night for “Wee Eck” – Alex Salmond, the Scottish National party leader whose party appears to be heading for outright control of the devolved Scottish parliament. That triumph could set him up for the biggest test of his long career: a referendum on independence in the second half of the four-year parliamentary term.

In the last parliament, Mr Salmond’s minority SNP administration was blocked by the opposition parties from holding a referendum, which would be indicative rather than legally binding. If he wins an overall majority, that obstacle will be removed.

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