For centuries, Scotland has reached overseas for commerce and culture. Contacts through the years were particularly strong with the low countries, France, the Hanseatic league, the German nations and so many more. Sadly, most of those relationships came to an end following the treaty of union in 1707, with the consequent narrowing of our horizons to focus on the rest of the UK and its empire....
6. To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report on the fact-finding visit to the United Kingdom by the United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. (S5O-03303)
I note that the special rapporteur pointed out that Scotland is mitigating the worst impacts of UK Government austerity, but that “mitigation comes at a price and is not sustainable.” Does the cabinet secretary agree that if the UK Government does not reverse its harmful policies, it is time that Scotland had the powers to do so itself?
Scottish National Party MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 6 May 2011 — Election
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