The Future of Scotland

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:21 am on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party 11:21 am, 29th March 2007

Finland should be admired. Mr Jackson should take note that at the turn of the 20 th century, the Clyde was the foremost shipbuilding area in the world. I do not doubt that when Mr Stephen went to Helsinki he learned that when Clyde shipyards were the foremost in the world, Helsinki remained part of the Russian empire. Finland has more people employed in shipyards and involved in shipbuilding than Scotland has today; that is a testament to the so-called union dividend delivered by the Tories and new Labour. It is time for Scotland to take responsibility, as Alex Neil said.