An independence referendum and minimum pricing for alcohol are among the bills to be introduced at the Scottish Parliament in the coming year.I've said previously that I don't think the Unionist parties have anything to fear from such a referendum and perhaps it would be better to call Salmond's bluff on it asap but...
The Scottish Government confirmed they would be among 13 bills brought forward in the SNP's third legislative session.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the people of Scotland had a democratic right to have their say on the issue of independence.
The programme will be debated by MSPs at Holyrood on Thursday.
A referendum on independence was a key SNP manifesto pledge before the 2007 Holyrood election.
Ms Sturgeon said she accepted opponents of independence were in the majority at Holyrood, but said she was optimistic the bill would be passed....if the three other main parties are still opposed, then what on earth is that optimism based on?