State of the Economy

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 28th June 1995.

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Photo of Mr George Robertson Mr George Robertson Shadow Secretary of State 2:30 pm, 28th June 1995

I fully understand why the junior Minister was asked to answer an important question on the Scottish economy this afternoon—because the Secretary of State for Scotland is spending all his time paddling around in the Westminster bloodbath, leaving open the question of who on earth is running the Scottish Office. Does the Minister not realise how offensive and repellent it is to the people of Scotland, with all the problems that they face today, to see the politicians of the party of government at each others' throats over a Tory premiership that long ago lost any credibility or authority? The people of this country and of Scotland do not want an undignified and unedifying election for a Tory Prime Minister—they want a general election and a new Government as soon as possible.