Jack McConnell, Ms Alexander's predecessor, was criticised during the election for failing to come up with detailed plans to reform the council tax.Oh wow! Haud me back! Yet another policy group on council tax reform. But what is it likely to come up with that wasn't covered in last year's report by the Burt Committee?
Yesterday the issue was pounced on by Ms Alexander as a key to reform. A policy group will look at options, including a tax based on property valuation.
I suppose that it's just a method of parking the issue for 18 months. Even so, the continued absence of a policy on local government finance is not likely to make things easier for those Labour MSPs seeking to oppose the Salmond Government's plans for a local income tax.