As many members have said over the past couple of days, it has been only two and a half years since the last independence referendum. At that time, we were promised that it was a once in a generation event. Clearly, for the First Minister, a generation is barely five minutes, so that is a promise broken. Having shadowed Nicola Sturgeon for a period of time when she was health minister, I can...
I understand exactly how the First Minister operates. Day after day, we have had demand after demand and position change after position change, and that is no way to engage in a negotiation. A lot has been said about a cast-iron mandate, but do not listen to what I have to say on that. In the words of Jim Sillars: “Today’s SNP Government did not win a majority, nor has it a...
I am running out of time. Let us think about what that would do to key sectors of our economy. If anyone needs any further convincing, they need only to look at this morning’s Fraser of Allander economic commentary. The backdrop is that economic growth has been slow. Gross domestic product has risen only 2 per cent in the past decade, and many households are worse off. On Brexit and a...
Labour MSP for Dumbarton
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 1999 — Election
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