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Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Yes I am.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: We would be delighted if the member was speaking in sorrow and in anger. In the past 14 days, the Executive has announced £1,487,274,000 of spending commitments. She and the Executive, which she left, said that, in the unlikely event that the Labour party is re-elected for the next four years, they will not make a single spending allocation. Is that what she is saying?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am grateful to the member for giving way twice. We are clear that we want Scotland to be independent—that is no shock. Is Wendy Alexander saying that, for the next four years and for the foreseeable future, Labour will oppose any more powers being given to the Scottish Parliament?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I do not mean to lower the tone of Tavish Scott's considered speech but, given that he is focusing on the food and drink sector, and given the minister's comments that all the problems of the Scottish economy are to do with electronics, does the member agree that the fact that the food and drink sector today is producing less than it did a year ago is another area for concern?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Iain Gray nearly got going at the end of his speech. We almost got into a debate, and then he had to sit down. My throat is failing me at this early stage in the election campaign, but I would like to say that it has been a privilege to be part of the Parliament's proceedings for the past four years. I contend that, in the next four years, the Parliament must acquire the power and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I will take Iain Gray if he can tell us why a number of those in the advert said that they had not been contacted by Labour and so their support had been made up. The Labour party is making up support, and those that did support it have deserted it. What does Iain Gray have to say about it?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: That is terrific. If the minister is complacent and thinks that things are fine, why did his predecessor resign saying that she could not get the economy to be taken seriously?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: No, thanks. Why have 55 of Labour's business supporters said that they will not support Labour in the election? Why did 30 of them go bust?

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I will not. The reality is that some of those people have even said that the Labour party did not contact them. It was making up support that did not exist.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: How can we possibly trust a party that has made up supporters and spun the truth when most of those who backed it previously will not back it now? Why should we believe a word that Labour says? [ Interruption. ] I will take all the interventions that come, but I need to complete the answer to the first intervention before I take the next. That is called the tradition of debate. If the...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I have to rely for my sources on Alf Young in The Herald , who reported Wendy Alexander as having said it. If it is not true, I am sure that she will have written to The Herald and asked for a retraction or made a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission. If she has not, she should not wait until four weeks before an election to try to defend herself. The truth is that we cannot believe a...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I need to move on. We have to complement the right-headed strategy that the Executive has set out, with the full powers of competition, and we have to be as competitive as every other country in the economic mix. We need to build the confidence of the Scottish business community in the fact that we have what it takes in the collective leadership in Scotland to take on the malaise that exists.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am long enough in the economic tooth not to believe economic forecasts, wherever they come from. That forecast is welcome, but I recognise that economic forecasts have not been very accurate in the past year. We can outperform the rest of the UK in one year—that has happened in the past, and I am sure that it will happen again—but I point out to Miss Goldie that, over the long term, and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am moving on; my time is tight. An SNP Government will make a start with the limited powers of devolution. Even here, the Labour bluster machine has been spinning out of control. Let us take business rates as an example. Early last month, I outlined a policy commitment to get the business rate below the UK rate within four years. Stage 1 of that was to replace the Scottish Enterprise local...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: No, I am not taking it. Let us look at the detail. Labour's attacks on our pledge, which has not changed and which will not change, have been proven to be demonstrably wrong.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am developing the point. Labour said that our pledge cannot be afforded, yet the budgets are to be cut, so that is also demonstrably wrong. In the 14 days to yesterday, the Executive announced £1,487,274,000 of spending commitments. That is what Governments do; it is what the Government will do over the next four years. That money is not Labour's, it is the people's. The election should be...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I will take Rhona Brankin's intervention for the sake of peace.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I know that Rhona Brankin is reading from a document that my party produced and it is a bit embarrassing for her to do that. The business rate is a target, a commitment and a pledge: it is what we want to achieve in the next four years. The member can obfuscate all she likes, but that sort of student politics is out of date. All those smears come from a party that made a pledge in a white...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Phil Gallie should relax. The Labour party makes things up, invents support that does not exist and spins against opponents with demonstrably untrue attacks. By the Labour party's own admission, the SNP is stronger, clearer and more consistent on the economy—and no wonder. We recognise the core truth that we must get growth up to boost revenues. Labour does not seem to grasp that. As I said...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Economy (26 Mar 2003)

Andrew Wilson: No, we would not.


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