Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:16 pm on 28th November 2001.

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Photo of Fiona Hyslop Fiona Hyslop Scottish National Party 12:16 pm, 28th November 2001

Shona Robison puts it well—it shows a complete lack of respect for the Parliament.

The Presiding Officer made it quite clear that the Parliament has a role and a responsibility to challenge each and every one of the appointments, because that is the job that we were elected to do.

The First Minister used to be in charge of external affairs policy. Where is the Executive's external affairs policy now? There is no ambition. I challenge members of the Executive. They are not ambitious for others. They are not ambitious for Scotland. They are ambitious for themselves. It is quite clear that the appointment of Patricia Ferguson is not about the growth of the Parliament or about the respect that the Executive has for the Parliament. It has everything to do with the cronyism and culture of despair that is strangling Scotland and from which we have to be liberated.

I move amendment S1M-2488.6, to leave out "Patricia Ferguson".