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Scottish Parliament: Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (12 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: That amount of time is a surprise, but thank you very much, Presiding Officer. I was impressed by Mark McDonald’s speech—he sounded like a good councillor and that he knew what was going on in his patch. I am glad that he is submitting the information that he referred to to the consultation and I hope that the Government will listen to it because it sounded full of good sense, rather than...

Scottish Parliament: Proposed Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill (12 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I want to prod further whether the co-operative movement in Scotland can provide the training that we need for local groups.

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: When the member says “we” does he mean the royal “we” or does he mean the people who have been operating the economic levers in London? Or is he referring to the members of the Scottish Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I was named.

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: How does the member think that we will get that expertise? Are the people grown in the universities? Where do we find them?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: We need a bit of clarity around that answer to Mary Scanlon.

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I genuinely thank the member for letting me in. It seemed to me that he was being diplomatic. He did not like to agree that we could not do what he wants to do if we had the constraints that Mary Scanlon mentioned. The way to get rid of those constraints is to get rid of this nonsense about the Bank of England deciding what will happen to the Scottish economy.

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I will start by putting Helen Eadie right. My husband and I agree on a number of things, but we do not always agree on some of the stuff that he writes. If she wants to see me outside the chamber, I will explain which parts of his recent writings she can take as endorsing my thoughts and which parts I think are rubbish. [Laughter.] On a positive note, I agree with Ken Macintosh—there is one...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Yes, that is right, and he could not sustain economic growth either. [Laughter.] That is why he was unpopular, Presiding Officer. I caution the Government on that basic point. Mark McDonald said that wise borrowing is good—well, yes—and then he demonstrated the snakes-and-ladders nature of Mr Swinney’s job. It is not possible to achieve some of the things that everyone has said they...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the member for his intervention because it underlines my belief in an independent Scotland that has sovereign powers over all the levers of social and economic change; I do not see how, in a sophisticated world, we can separate one from the other. Another down-to-earth point that I want to raise is the fact that although businesses are finding the current economic situation difficult,...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: His tea is not in the oven. [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Do I take it that the member would be happy to add additional taxation in Scotland on the people who are working, trying to pay their mortgage and taking out the payday loans that I talked about?

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Economic Growth (11 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Much has been made of the cut in the budget that is about to come. The Government will not have enough money to do everything that it has said that it would like to do, so what does it expect to cut?

Scottish Parliament: Paddle Sports (6 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I urge the minister to take a close interest in the project. I spent a considerable amount of time—and went into considerable detail—on having the same sort of facility installed in Leith docks because of shyness on the part of the funders. The Government can and should help Glasgow because the people there are further down the road on planning than we were.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Programme (5 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Programme (5 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Programme (5 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: I will be very brief. There is an alternative—we could be a parish council.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Government’s Programme (5 Sep 2012)

Margo MacDonald: Christine Grahame showed why we should not talk all the time about the referendum. She talked about serious stuff that has to be tackled now. By the way, in my opinion Lord Carloway was wrong and Christine Grahame is right about corroboration. However, that is only one bill, and there are umpteen bills in the Government’s programme that require our attention. People outside the Parliament...


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