Death and scandal in the first Scottish Parliament saw Jim Wallace step up to act as first minister, but two decades on he has revealed how close the coalition government came to not happening at all.
The SNP are poised to take over Moray Council on Wednesday, after a Conservative coalition meeting failed to attract any support from opposition councillors.
The General Election has ended in a hung parliament, with no party winning an overall majority.
All five political groups within Highland Council are engaged in talks to shape a possible coalition administration in the wake of the local authority elections.
The SNP could be ousted from power at Highland Council with the formation of a possible coalition comprising 31 independent councillors, 11 Liberal Democrats and the eight-member Labour group.
A Liberal Democrat councillor has resigned following her party's decision to quit Highland Council's coalition with the SNP and Labour.
Nick Clegg has poured cold water on the prospect of a "rainbow coalition" of several parties – branding it a "messy” way to govern.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey cast himself yesterday as an "insurgent" embroiled in a battle with Tories who want to stop the spread of windfarms and "frack every square mile".
Business Secretary Vince Cable has warned that public services have already been "cut to the bone" and the Tories are obsessed with "destroying" the welfare state.
Doubts over the survival of Highland Council's rainbow coalition were allayed yesterday as the Liberal Democrats pledged their commitment to the partnership.
A question mark hangs over the future of Highland Council's SNP-led coalition in the wake of the Scottish referendum.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg promised last night to deliver a "revolution" in pensions over the next year as they move to try to secure the coalition's place in history.
The SNP has challenged the UK Government to include plans to devolve taxes on flights to Holyrood in the Queen’s Speech.
Calum Ross, the P&J's Westminster correspondent, looks at the state of the coalition on the eve of the Queen's Speech.