Taking Scotland Forward: Economy

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 31st May 2016.

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Photo of Willie Rennie Willie Rennie Liberal Democrat

If evidence from that internationally respected body, Amnesty International, and the Norwegian oil fund—I thought that those people were his best mates—is not enough for John Mason, I do not know what will be. I have significant concerns, and he, as a diligent back-bench member, should have equal concerns.

To conclude, I urge the Scottish Government also to change course on investment in education. We have seen new statistics today that show that the gap in numeracy has grown for primary 4 pupils, and we have seen no progress in primary 7 and secondary 2. That should ring alarm bells in St Andrew’s house that we need dramatic investment in education for colleges, schools and nurseries so that we invest in the workforce of the future and grow the economy to create jobs and wealth. That is the way out of our current difficulties. At this last minute, I urge the Government to change course.