Results 21–40 of 2876 for speaker:Alex Johnstone

Scottish Parliament: Economy (15 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: There are many new faces and new voices in Parliament, and we have heard another of them today. Finlay Carson’s first speech in the Parliament was excellent. Surely, we are getting to the end of the list. We will see. Those of us who are familiar with the Parliament will be well aware of a habit that John Swinney had when he was the economy minister in the previous session. As we all know,...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (15 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: It would perhaps have been beneficial to the Scottish economy if we had been building a nuclear power station here, too. That decision should have been taken some time ago. Let me address the Government amendment. On a day when the Labour Party has brought a well-reasoned motion to the Parliament, which the Conservatives will support, the Scottish Government made the mistake of lodging an...

Scottish Parliament: Economy (15 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: The Government’s promises are not being kept. I want the minister to bring forward the Government’s spending commitments on a timescale that aligns with the expectations of the people to whom he made those promises only a few short months ago.

Scottish Parliament: Economy (15 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Will the cabinet secretary give way?

Scottish Parliament: Economy (15 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Is it not the case that the money is not invested until the Government has found and spent it? At the moment, we do not know when that will happen.

Scottish Parliament: Queensferry Crossing ( 9 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Given the timescales, which have now proven to be wildly optimistic, and the previous attempts to project short timescales for the repairs of the old bridge, would it not be wise for the First Minister to generate a little bit more wriggle room?

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Fairness and Respect in Disability Benefits ( 9 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: During the previous five-year parliamentary session, welfare-related issues rose quickly up the agenda. By the end of the session, they were near the top. Much of the debate that happened in those five years was characterised by what can best be described as an unedifying scramble for the moral high ground. Welfare was an easy target with which to hit the Conservative Government. In today’s...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Fairness and Respect in Disability Benefits ( 9 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I will not. It is a tribute to the work that Conservative members have done that we will not go down such a road. Other members have to introduce such language to support their arguments. The truth is that we have a different attitude, but we are the party that in Government—and yes, I will claim credit for what happened at Westminster—devolved the powers over welfare for the disabled to...

Scottish Parliament: Dignity, Fairness and Respect in Disability Benefits ( 9 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: No, thank you. Over the past five years, we have seen the gradual transfer of some welfare powers, such as the welfare funds. When the schemes were wound up and replaced by alternative schemes, there was a widespread view that those schemes had been abolished and that the money was no longer available, when in fact the schemes existed in a different form and the money was still available,...

Scottish Parliament: Queensferry Crossing ( 8 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: When the timescale was being reviewed, the project suffered its first and so far—thankfully—only casualty. Were days lost in the construction process during that period as a result of that incident? Furthermore, given the anecdotal suggestions that health and safety compromises may be taking place, can the cabinet secretary guarantee once again that the pressure that he has undertaken to...

Scottish Parliament: Police Scotland (Financial Difficulties) ( 7 Jun 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Will the cabinet secretary confirm that the full cost of Police Scotland, including the VAT, is covered from the Scottish block grant, and that if our police force no longer had to pay VAT it would be wholly reasonable for the cost of the VAT to be removed from the calculation of the block grant?

Scottish Parliament: Taking Scotland Forward (26 May 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Oaths and Affirmations (12 May 2016)

Alex Johnstone: took the oath.

Scottish Parliament: Inequality (23 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: Will the cabinet secretary assure us that, rather than concentrating exclusively on the redistribution of wealth through taxation, he will do something to improve labour mobility in Scotland so that the country’s unemployed can move to the areas where the new jobs are created and take up the opportunities that George Osborne has generated through economic growth?

Scottish Parliament: Superfast Broadband (23 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: How soon will the cabinet secretary be able to deal with the continuing problem of exchange-only lines upgrades?

Scottish Parliament: Local Control (22 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak in the debate tonight. The main reason I want to speak is to pay tribute to the work that Rob Gibson has done during his time in the Parliament. Some things have already been mentioned about Rob Gibson’s work, but one has not. That is the work that Rob has done, along with a handful of us, to ensure that the Burns club continues to be a...

Scottish Parliament: Local Control (22 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I believe that it is never appropriate for us to dictate that the needs of the many should outweigh the rights of the few. We should be prepared to defend the rights of the few wherever we find them. It is absolutely essential that I express, once again, my true and honest support for the principles that Rob Gibson has laid out. However, it is my desire to ensure that, as we go forward, the...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I come to the debate from a slightly different point of view, having spent most of my life in the food production industry or the farming industry prior to becoming involved in politics. In the opening speech, Alison Johnstone said that, in Scotland, there should be “plenty of good food for everyone.” I could not agree more. Scotland’s farming industry is one of the most efficient and...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: It is important to realise that, if a particular method is productive and worthwhile, it should compete in a competitive environment with other methods of farming. We should demonstrate what is more effective by seeing what we achieve at the end of the day. The truth is that there is a problem with food production and supply in Scotland but it is not at the farming end. Although there are...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Alex Johnstone: I ask Mr Finnie to let me carry on. I have only four minutes. Food is produced and it gets to the shops where people can buy it. The problem is that not all people can afford to buy it. That is not caused by the cost of food. The truth is that, in terms of family income, food costs are about a 10th of what they were in the 1950s. Food costs are not the problem—the problem is the other costs...


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