Has the SNP made a political mistake by cutting council budgets, renewing the council tax freeze and opting not to raise income tax?
Obviously, opposition parties think so. They had a field day last week accusing John Swinney of producing a Tory budget, despite having no plans to do anything very different themselves – with the exception of the Greens. Normally the demonstration of such double standards during a choreographed-looking attack by Murdo Fraser, Jackie Baillie and Willie Rennie would be enough to persuade SNP voters – currently the majority of voters – the Scottish finance secretary must be right.
But not this time. Not entirely.