Results 221–240 of 2832 for speaker:Margo MacDonald

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (8 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: In relation to the statistics, there may well have been confusion in some people’s minds because of the confusion in England about when it is and is not legal to take cannabis, for example.

Scottish Parliament: Drugs Strategy (8 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I congratulate the Government on the road to recovery, but I think that it is work in progress, because it still carries the faint echo of Nancy Reagan’s just say no approach, which has bedevilled the drugs policies that we have had for the past 40 years. I was the chairman of the Scottish Drugs Forum in the late 1980s and, when I saw the number of drug-related deaths that there were in...

Scottish Parliament: Flu Vaccinations (6 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: This is when the tone of the debate probably gets lower. Is the minister aware of the chat in any surgery that he cares to go into, where people will be saying to each other, “Are you in for your jag?” “No—I got the flu because I got the jag.” There is a commonly held belief that people have to endure a bout of flu if they get the jag.

Scottish Parliament: Flu Vaccinations (6 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: You’re no a guinea pig.

Scottish Parliament: Prisons (Drug Use) (1 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Do the minister and her colleagues feel the need to review the use of drugs in Scotland in a wider sense, rather than pick on particular initiatives as they pop up?

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Community Business Set-up and Management) (1 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: 7. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will discuss with the further education sector the feasibility of establishing short courses on the setting up and management of community businesses and credit unions. (S4O-01422)

Scottish Parliament: Further Education (Community Business Set-up and Management) (1 Nov 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the minister for her reply, most of which pleased me mightily. However, I am not absolutely sure whether I will be able to tell people that they will have local access to courses. After all, the important point is to encourage people to learn in order to enable them to come back and set up organisations in their own communities. Is provision likely to be local and to be spread right...

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (30 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I think that what Hugh Henry has just described is a culture change, not merely a behavioural change. If I am right that it is cultural, where does it come from and what do we do about it, because we do not want that to become embedded in our culture?

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (30 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I risk boring everybody’s pants off at this time of night, but the question that has been raised is fascinating. I have my pet theories about it, and I wonder whether Nigel Don shares them. If there has been a cultural change, influences must have come from somewhere. Where did they come from and what were they? I think that they were transatlantic.

Scottish Parliament: Protection of Workers (30 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (24 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the minister for giving way near the end of his speech. I was waiting for what I thought would be the crescendo. What is the Government going to do about the potholes that are left after the bad weather? They just get worse here.

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (24 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Winter Resilience (24 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I agree with everything that the member has said and take issue with none of it; the only thing that worries me is that we are not talking about the money yet. It is the money that prevents the local authorities from putting into effect the plans that the member is talking about. Everybody knows how to do it, but what do we do it with?

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Agreement (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I appreciate the Deputy First Minister’s good intentions, but as an old lag from the first referendum on a proposed Scottish Assembly, I tell her that there is no such thing as an even playing field. For example, she said that the campaign will run from now on. When do we start putting the monetary restrictions on? When will the broadcasting restrictions go on? There are two styles of...

Scottish Parliament: Role of the Media in Criminal Trials (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Does the member think that there might be a balancing act performed by television in court, given the uncensored information that can come out of court through the new media now?

Scottish Parliament: Role of the Media in Criminal Trials (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Does the member agree that there is a potential hazard in the case of someone accused of behaving inappropriately towards children who is filmed in court, but is then released because there is no case to answer and goes back to their community?

Scottish Parliament: Role of the Media in Criminal Trials (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I apologise for my question looping back a bit, but I wanted to get in before the member progresses his argument much further. Is there the possibility of having an intervention on the part of an accused who feels that media publicity has made his or her trial impossible?

Scottish Parliament: Role of the Media in Criminal Trials (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: That is an intriguing point. Obviously, the member was not in favour of witnesses blogging afterwards and giving a highly partisan account, but does not every human rights law that we have allow us to be wrong and to talk about it in public?

Scottish Parliament: Role of the Media in Criminal Trials (23 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I have one query. The member said that we cannot expect everyone who uses the social media to be as aware of the law as others. I thought that ignorance of the law is no excuse and that, therefore, we might expect everybody who comments on legal matters to have a knowledge of the law that they are using.

Scottish Parliament: Free Prescriptions (4 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would be most grateful if you would look at the exchanges at the beginning of this item of business and compare them with the stated aim of this part of the working day, which is supposed to be for questioning of the Executive by back benchers. So much time is being taken up by ritualistic abuse from the front benches that there is no chance to get...


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