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Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2011)

James Dornan: It is with immense pleasure that I take part in the debate as the constituency MSP for Glasgow Cathcart. I pay tribute to my predecessor, Charlie Gordon, as other members have done to their predecessors. Charlie and I had political differences, but I am thankful to him for the mature way in which he conducted his campaign and any dealings that we had in the period when he was in office and I...

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Duty of Care and Responsibility) (2 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: 8. To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that local authorities have a duty of care and responsibility to the most vulnerable in society. (S4O-00008)

Scottish Parliament: Local Authorities (Duty of Care and Responsibility) (2 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: Does the cabinet secretary share my disappointment at Glasgow City Council’s decision to scrap the concessionary rent scheme, which has benefited hundreds of charities across the city? The move leaves many of them facing the possibility of closure. Will she join me in urging the council to put a moratorium on the decision until its own grants integration scheme comes into force next year to...

Scottish Parliament: Sport (2 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: It will come as no surprise that, as the member for Glasgow Cathcart, the home of Scottish football, I am delighted to speak in this debate on the contribution of sport to Scotland. Not only does Glasgow have a fantastic sporting history; we are, as members have said, privileged to have ahead of us a magnificent sporting future with the Commonwealth games coming to my home city in 2014. That...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (8 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: As this is my first opportunity to do so, Presiding Officer, I congratulate you on your new position and the ministers on their new positions, in particular Michael Matheson. It is always nice to see a local boy done good, so well done, Michael. I will touch on a couple of things that Drew Smith mentioned in his wish list for Glasgow City Council. We should put some facts into the debate. The...

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward: Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy (8 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: I am happy to look at the motion after the debate. The BBC may well have focused on the most damaged and difficult people, and there may be a case for saying that the programme should not have been aired, but one thing it did is highlight again the deplorable and soul-destroying way in which some members of our society, a few but too many—they are strands in our tartan—live their lives....

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People (9 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: Hubert Humphrey, Vice President to Lyndon B Johnson and defeated presidential candidate in 1968, once said: “the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” The debate focuses on just one part of...

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People (9 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: As I will go on to say, the principle is sound. There is no reason to do things at a national level; they could quite easily be done at a local level. The partnerships could have worked at a Glasgow level, but that did not happen because of the intransigence of people within the organisations involved. Those on the ground did a magnificent job in ensuring that the number of delayed discharges...

Scottish Parliament: Caring for Scotland’s Older People (9 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: I do not have time. I am sorry. The idea that creating a new nationwide bureaucracy will address the poor integration of health boards does not add up at this stage. I am pleased that the Scottish Government has announced a £70 million change fund in the draft budget to support better integration of older people’s services that are delivered by health boards, councils and the third and...

Scottish Parliament: Arm’s-length Organisations (Paid Directorships) (16 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: 3. To ask the Scottish Executive how much council tax payers in Glasgow will save through the ending of paid director positions on arm’s-length external organisations. (S4O-00034)

Scottish Parliament: Arm’s-length Organisations (Paid Directorships) (16 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: Given yesterday’s announcement that some of the council’s ALEOs are being closed down, amalgamated with other ALEOs or possibly brought back into council control, does the cabinet secretary agree that it is clear that the primary purpose for the creation and continuation of those bodies was to reward and control Labour councillors and not to benefit the council tax payers of Glasgow? Does...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (Supreme Court) (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: Scotland has many things that distinguish it from the rest of the British Isles: our education system, our history, our culture and, of course, our independent legal system, which was so cherished by us Scots that we ensured that its independence was enshrined in the act of union in 1707. Surely on this issue we can all agree that we lose the independence of our legal system at our peril....

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (Supreme Court) (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: It is very difficult for me to answer such hypothetical questions. We have heard the background. Prior to 1999, the judiciary of Scotland were the final arbiters of all things criminal in Scottish law. Even though the Supreme Court was written into the Scotland Act 1998, it was never meant to be able to take on the role that it appears to have taken on. It is my view that the electorate put...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (Supreme Court) (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: No, sit down. By now, members will have had the chance to familiarise themselves with the findings of Lord McCluskey’s interim report. He rightly points out that the High Court of Justiciary—the highest court of appeal in Scotland—should be seen as equal and not subordinate to its counterpart south of the border. Yet, since 1999, the Supreme Court has overturned the decision in a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland Bill (Supreme Court) (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: What I do not think is acceptable is that Scotland is unique among all the legal jurisdictions in Europe in that it has to ask its big brother for permission before cases can go to Strasbourg. What we are asking for is parity for the people of Scotland and for the Parliament. Quite simply, the current situation is not right. Clearly, I am not alone in that assertion. Lord Fraser of Carmyllie,...

Scottish Parliament: High-speed Rail Link (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the possibility of a high-speed rail link with Scotland. (S4O-00087)

Scottish Parliament: High-speed Rail Link (30 Jun 2011)

James Dornan: Does the minister agree that a high-speed rail link would greatly benefit Scotland’s economic growth and would do so far more than the proposed tram system in Edinburgh, which is a shambles, or the hugely expensive Glasgow airport rail link, both of which were supported by all the main Opposition parties in the chamber?

Scottish Parliament: “The Government Economic Strategy” (14 Sep 2011)

James Dornan: In these difficult economic times, it is important that we have financial leaders we can trust to do all they can to keep the economy and employment growing while keeping unemployment down. Thankfully, as we have just heard, in John Swinney we have such a leader. As has been said, thanks to his stewardship the recession was both shorter and shallower in Scotland than it was in the rest of the...

Scottish Parliament: “The Government Economic Strategy” (14 Sep 2011)

James Dornan: I do not really like to tell my colleagues what to do. However, I would like Mr Findlay to listen to the rest of what I was going to say. The trust is a perfect example of local people working together to see how they can make a sustainable contribution to the local economy and local community, and they are to be applauded for doing so, and doing so successfully. This is the bit that Mr...

Scottish Parliament: “The Government Economic Strategy” (14 Sep 2011)

James Dornan: We would much prefer it to be from two organisations other than CBI Scotland and the STUC, so I suspect that we would be coming from a slightly different angle. We can look at recovery models from as many countries as we like, but our opponents must accept that, so long as we are dependent on another Parliament, Scotland can progress only so far. It is time to move Scotland forward out of the...


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