Results 61–80 of 2832 for speaker:Margo MacDonald

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (18 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I apologise, Presiding Officer. She is making me laugh. I talked about the men without boots and so on, but what about the aircraft carriers without planes? How can we defend when we are spending all our money on aircraft carriers with no planes? What about the social wage? Is it the best in Europe? Is that something that we should aspire to? Is it the best that we can do with all the...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (18 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: It is not fashionable to be a nationalist, as far as I am concerned. It has been a while since I worked out that the best way to look after people in Scotland as well as we can do is to do it for ourselves. I will vote in favour of the independence proposition that is before us, although there are lots and lots of things that I still have to argue out. I hope that the Government will make it...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Future (18 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: If the people are demanding information about independence—and I agree that they are—I think that they are also demanding information about the alternative, which is the union.

Scottish Parliament: Speed Limits (A9) (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: And I am not looking guilty.

Scottish Parliament: Palliative Care (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Thank you, Presiding Officer. You will never let me forget that. I have a serious question for the Government. Will it undertake to give a commitment to patient autonomy? A very small number of people who suffer from degenerative conditions such as MS or Huntington’s can—even with the best palliative care—find their existence to be unacceptable. Autonomy would mean that they would have...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Does the member imagine that there will be a propensity for one side rather than the other to seek to stretch the rules and perhaps get round them?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Regarding the general principle of spending limits having to be agreed and adhered to, on the assumption that somebody breaks the spending limit, what is the sanction against that person?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I was deeply engrossed in what Linda Fabiani was saying. What if we get a yes vote and somebody else has paid the money? I would not be for giving it up. [Laughter.]

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I, too, congratulate Andrew Mylne and the drafting team. I have become quite close to them while my proposed bill has been going through, so I know the amount of dedication that exists in the team. Sometimes, we overlook it. There is a fair and clear bill before us. I cannot understand why Mrs Butler—[Interruption.]—why Ms Ferguson said that we should not have a change in the timing for...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I thank Ms Ferguson for her reply, but I still do not understand her reasoning, to be honest. I think that 16 and 17-year-olds who are living abroad with their parents should, of course, have the vote if their cousins who are living here and happen to be still at Redford barracks have a vote. That is not worth arguing over. People are worried about purdah. I am not much bothered about it...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I thank the Deputy First Minister for taking the issue seriously because I am quite serious about it. I believe that there is a different temper entirely to a one-off referendum where everything that people have—heart, soul and body—is committed one way or the other, and they are not going to be bothered too much if someone breaks a rule that was man-made to try to ensure that the process...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Will Lewis Macdonald give way?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Can Mr Macdonald explain why he thinks that people who believe heart and soul in a change, such as the nationalists do, will stop campaigning for that change? What is the difference between that and socialists in the Labour Party who are still campaigning for socialism?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: Stage 1 (12 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Does the Deputy First Minister agree that that is more important than we might think? We will be keen—obviously—to know the result, but there will be a period of uncertainty following the vote, in which all sorts of things could happen, as the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth could undoubtedly recount. Having to wait too long can have international...

Scottish Parliament: Court Capacity (11 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Will the court closures have a knock-on effect on the number of hours that police officers will be expected to attend court as potential witnesses or for any other reason? I imagine that that would not help their morale just now. Will he also say whether he has had any reports of morale being not what it should be in the old Lothian and Borders force area?

Scottish Parliament: Draft Budget 2014-15 (11 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I was glad to hear the cabinet secretary give such a whole-hearted endorsement of the public ownership of water. Could we have a hint in the next draft of the budget as to how he feels about the ownership of the renewables industries that are now being developed? Will they also be in public ownership?

Scottish Parliament: Welfare Reforms (Women) (5 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I am sure that the leader of the Opposition did not mean this, but she may have given an indication that the permanent secretary, Peter Housden, would present some sort of front or cover for the First Minister. I hope that she takes some opportunity to ensure that the Official Report does not give that impression.

Scottish Parliament: Where Gypsy Travellers Live (5 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: I apologise for being late, Presiding Officer—I had other business outside the chamber. However, I am glad that I came in at this point. How much more difficulty is there for Gypsies from Scotland because of the large number of Roma people who are coming from the east and who do not seem to be popular in some areas?

Scottish Parliament: Where Gypsy Travellers Live (5 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: We have talked about the difficulty, because they vary in size, of assessing the needs of Gypsy Traveller communities in order to deliver services to them. Has anyone approached Highland Council and asked how it deals with providing steady education to a population of children that varies from 64 to 97? Nigel Don referred to the tremendous difficulties for local authorities in that regard.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2013-14 (4 Sep 2013)

Margo MacDonald: Will the member give way?


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