Results 241–260 of 2832 for speaker:Margo MacDonald

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I think that it was a mistake right enough, but I think that I am the only one here old enough to have a bus pass. Members: No. The cabinet secretary gave the example of her constituent’s elderly sister in Inverness. My sister will kill me for saying that she is elderly but, although I believe utterly in the principle of universality, I would not mind having a certain number of passes per...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the member for giving way—I know that she is under time pressure. I think that at least two of us on this side of the chamber agree with her absolutely in principle. We have to accept that we are making the best of a bad job. She said that we have been promised that the situation will continue for about 20 years. Does she now see why people want to vote yes in the referendum?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I agree that we should talk about universality as opposed to targeting if we are talking about principles, but if there is an urgency, we must look to see how we can cut our coat according to our cloth. There should not be any disagreements in the chamber over that, but having to choose between elderly people in care and children who need looked after is an odious choice. That is one of the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (3 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will Murdo Fraser give way?

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Are there international comparisons on women or girls who go into science-based occupations?

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Ken Macintosh can come to my house any time.

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I am glad that Maureen Watt finished on that note, because that is where I want to start. This is where we get the start of cultural segregation in employment. We just have to accept that some men are bigger and stronger. Incidentally, Ken Macintosh can come to my house any time, if he is willing to do that. There is a reason why a lot of employment is physically segregated. Nature dictated...

Scottish Parliament: Women’s Employment Summit (2 Oct 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Rather than beat ourselves up over stereotypes, should we not just admit that there is a cultural bias across northern Europe towards a certain sort of family structure and therefore a certain sort of employment outside the family structure? That is what we are trying to change, but we should not beat ourselves up about it.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Hear, hear.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I apologise, Presiding Officer, for not having been in the chamber for the opening speeches. As Jim Hume is as well versed as anyone in the chamber in the practical application of the CAP, will he say whether his judgment is that, in the years that the cabinet secretary has been going to Brussels he has enhanced the Government’s ability to speak for and gain results for Scotland, or whether...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Am I correct in thinking that the member is developing a thesis that runs parallel to something that we discussed this morning: the limitations of variability under the powers that we presently have? How much can what he has just described be variable inside the constraints that have been laid down because we are not a nation state?

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member say why?

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Hear, hear.

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I regret saying this to the member, Presiding Officer, but I cannot think of one occasion when a suggestion such as the one that she has just made, on a different treatment for Scotland in relation to what we are getting compared with other parts of the United Kingdom, has resulted in the other parts of the United Kingdom, led by England, coming down in Scotland’s favour. It does not work...

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: My question is from one city slicker to another. I think that we are both interested in the wide sweep of strategy and policy. Given that France, which has always been the driver of the European CAP, has great problems, does the member hold out much hope that we will see a fundamental transfer of resources from France to other parts of the EU?

Scottish Parliament: Common Agricultural Policy (27 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the minister for giving way. Before he goes on to develop his thesis, can he tell us at this stage whether he is hopeful that there will be a proper renegotiation of CAP and the modernisation of it that we have looked for before, or does he think that it might slip back a bit, as usual? If it does slip back, will he consider the European Free Trade Association?


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