Results 161–180 of 731 for speaker:Mike MacKenzie

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Certainly.

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: I did not say that Mary Scanlon was suggesting that. The point that she made very well and eloquently was that oil prices are rising steeply and have been doing so, and that that is the long-term trend. I am old enough to remember—just like Mary Scanlon—the discovery of oil and gas in the North Sea. We were told that there really was not very much oil there at all, and I am old enough to...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: In these days of unemployment—and, especially, youth unemployment—we hear of significant skills shortages in oil and gas, yet we also hear that young people are reluctant to embark on careers in the industry, despite the prospect of rewarding employment. One good reason for that is that we continually see scaremongering in the press and media about uncertainty in the industry. No wonder...

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: I will finish immediately.

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Oil and Gas Sector ( 9 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Does the member agree that enlightened planning practice suggests that, in enforcement cases, the enforcement officers should do their best to resolve the issues in an amicable and constructive fashion rather than take formal action? Therefore, the statistics that she has quoted are actually the hallmark of a practice that is to be welcomed.

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: How does the member feel about the proposal for a wind farm on her colleague Jamie McGrigor’s estate? I know that I certainly welcome some of the community benefits that may flow from that.

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the debate, not just because I have been wrestling with, reading about and thinking about our planning system since I lodged my first application, nearly 35 years ago, but because few subjects merit more attention. The planning system is immensely important to delivering sustainable growth and safeguarding our built and natural environments. In...

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: John Finnie may recall that, in 2011, a big election issue in Argyll and Bute was the council’s proposal at that time to close 30 per cent of its primary schools in the type of area that he has described. Does he agree that that was really a failure of planning policy rather than of education policy?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Planning Reform (15 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Does the member agree that the on-going extension of permitted development rights takes an awful lot of applications out of the planning system and, in effect, increases the resources that are available to planning departments?

Scottish Parliament: Subsea Power Cables (Western Isles and Orkney) (17 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: 7. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made on expediting the proposed new subsea power cables to the Western Isles and Orkney. (S4O-01705)

Scottish Parliament: Subsea Power Cables (Western Isles and Orkney) (17 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: Does the cabinet secretary consider that by delaying the provision of these cables, which will lead to significant cost increases and significant delays for generation projects both large and small, Ofgem and the United Kingdom Government have acted in consumers’ best interests?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: It is important when considering any budget to first consider the context. Few people would disagree that we are in the worst and most prolonged economic crisis that any of us has experienced. Most commentators also agree that the Westminster coalition’s austerity policies are not working—even some of those who were initially enthusiastic. The best economic wisdom on how to deal with...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: I am sorry, but I have a lot to get through. The real mystery is why the London Government seems not to understand that. Far from improving matters, it is making them worse. The economy is flatlining and, as we heard just today, Government debt is increasing. I am forced to conclude that the London Government is driven not by economic sense but by ideology, and that fiscal difficulties are...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: No, I am sorry. I must make progress. The Labour Party has gone from wildly exuberant expenditure in government to trying to outflank the Tory party on the right, at least in terms of economic stupidity. Each of them fails to understand that economics is not a zero-sum game and that the answer to our current problems is to stimulate demand and not to weaken it. The Labour Party also seems not...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 2) Bill: Stage 1 (22 Jan 2013)

Mike MacKenzie: No, I am sorry. I must make progress. I cannot see how the Labour Party can reconcile its proposition that, in the future, universal services will be unaffordable with its claim, along with the Tories, that we are better together. According to that vision, surely what they mean is that we will be poorer together. I completely reject the proposition. Provided that we have control over our own...


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