Results 141–160 of 3314 for speaker:Margaret Curran

Scottish Parliament: Equality Strategy (8 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I am looking forward to it myself. The phrase "politically correct" has abounded in the debate. Let us be clear about the source and intention of that approach. We will never get from the Tories any attempt to target any resources or any acknowledgement of the profound inequalities that exist. They talk about having a level playing field as if inequalities did not exist. They must recognise...

Scottish Parliament: Equality Strategy (8 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: No—I do not have time. Those who use the term "politically correct" should be very careful. Doing so undermines the efforts of all those who have been engaged in campaigns to resist abusive language, unacceptable stereotypes and deep-seated prejudice. The use of the term is intended to mock and denigrate and is not appropriate. Once again we have been treated to the single transferable...

Scottish Parliament: Equality Strategy (8 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: During my time in the women's movement, I learned many things, one of which was never to be shouted down by a man at the margins. If the Parliament is ever to deliver— [Interruption.] If SNP members do not believe that the Scottish Parliament can deliver on the equality agenda, why did they campaign for a Parliament? They would face a real dilemma if they were to accept that the Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Equality Strategy (8 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: No. I am short of time. They would face a dilemma because they would be driven to support the Executive's agenda. They must recognise that the Executive is leading the field in the development of a framework for equality that will deliver sustained, long-term change. To all those who are engaged in this debate— [Interruption.] I will not be shouted down, although Lloyd Quinan can try all he...

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: We have had an interesting debate: socialism, liberalism and a wee dose of Thatcherism—just to remind us what it was like.

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I will return to that theme with great pleasure and much criticism. However, let me start by repeating the points that Jackie Baillie made in her opening speech and those that the First Minister made on Monday at the launch of the social justice annual report. Poverty and exclusion blight too many lives and affect everyone in Scotland. The problems are not just experienced by some families,...

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I was going to turn to Fiona Hyslop's speech first, because it was the most disappointing speech that I have heard in the Parliament. Fiona Hyslop's speeches are sometimes ropy, but that was quite the poorest. It is irresponsible to talk about fiddled statistics. The data that are collected follow a set of rules for collecting and publishing statistics that is subject to quality assurance to...

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: No. I want to deal with the Tories. It is right to say that we have to work in partnership and that Government cannot do everything, but abandonment is a completely different policy. The Tories made it quite clear that they are still the Thatcherites that they always were. They talked about rolling back the frontiers of the state and about abandonment, and they will be remembered for that.

Scottish Parliament: Social Justice (15 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Nonsense. I will deal with one point that came out consistently in Opposition speeches. I remind the Opposition that COSLA told the Executive that it needed £1.2 billion; the Executive gave local authorities £1.2 billion; and, in addition, there was a 57 per cent uplift in capital programme allocations. I will now discuss something to which I am deeply committed. We cannot solve poverty...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Yet again, I find myself debating housing stock transfer with Bill Aitken and Fiona Hyslop. I seem to have been doing that since I arrived in the Scottish Parliament. I am delighted to have this opportunity to put the case for community ownership on behalf of the Executive and to respond to the SNP motion. I categorically assure the Parliament and everyone who is listening to the debate that...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I am delighted to be working with my colleagues in Glasgow City Council and I have good relationships there. This is a tenant-led proposal. The Glasgow housing association will take forward the proposal in Glasgow. There are also partial transfers and regeneration partnerships across Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I will not be shouted down again by Lloyd Quinan. I think that I have made my position very clear with him. He will not shout me down. I will keep saying it: he should learn some manners. Partial transfers and regeneration partnerships are appropriate to deal with the pockets of worst housing.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I am fascinated that that is the substance of the SNP criticism of my approach. Partial transfers are appropriate in certain cases, such as Ardler in Dundee and Craigmillar in Edinburgh. I am a Glaswegian and I love my city dearly, but I take seriously my responsibility to Scotland in my new role. I am delighted to announce that my first ministerial visit in connection with this policy will...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I referred earlier to my many years of activity with tenants groups throughout Glasgow. Twenty years ago, I worked in the east end of Glasgow, where tenants set up tenant management co-operatives. Brian Adam should look at the history of housing associations. I do not deny that there is urgency in the housing situation. I want to move at as fast a pace as possible. However, it is better to...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: By 2003-04 we will have increased public investment in housing by 36 per cent in real terms above that in the plans that we inherited in 1997-98. I want to discuss some of the points that Tommy Sheridan and other members have made previously. Some people have argued that we should lift the debt and leave the council to deal with housing. Not only would that deny the opportunity for...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: But the SNP wants to give it all that money.

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: I am sorry—I am beginning to run out of time. In previous debates, Mr Sheridan's figures have been wrong. He used the figure of £125 million, but the correct figure is £93 million. If the route that he supports were taken, it would take more than 15 years to match the spend under the transfer option and nothing would be done for community ownership. The Scottish Executive will increase...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Does Tommy Sheridan seriously think that, in a Scottish Parliament with responsibility for Scottish resources, we should not pay any attention to the debt situation faced by Glasgow? Should we simply say to Glasgow City Council, "You can just have all the money with no consequences," as the SNP stance implies? What we are trying to do is one of the most innovative and radical policies that...

Scottish Parliament: Housing Stock Transfer (16 Nov 2000)

Margaret Curran: Will Linda Fabiani give way?


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