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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:12 pm on 28th November 2001.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party 12:12 pm, 28th November 2001

No, thank you.

Of all the commentators on the Cabinet reshuffle, Ian Bell sums it up best in business a.m. when he says that yesterday's Cabinet reshuffle was

"personal not political, and therefore deeply depressing."

He goes on to say that this has happened because

"the Labour party still cannot tell the difference between its private affairs and the government of Scotland."

If we cannot trust Jack McConnell to make that vital distinction in the appointment of his Cabinet, how can we trust him to make it in Scottish public life in general? That is why Malcolm Chisholm is not the right man to be Scotland's health minister.

I move amendment S1M-2488.5, to leave out "Malcolm Chisholm".