Austerity

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th November 2019.

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Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

I know first hand the devastating impact that Tory austerity has had in my constituency of Dundee East. Rising numbers of children are fed from food banks, families of European Union citizens are unsure whether they can stay here and businesses and jobs are on the line. Does the First Minister agree that the first words out of Boris Johnson’s mouth as he lands in Scotland today should be, “I’m sorry”?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Yes, I do. It is a serious issue. When Boris Johnson comes to Scotland for a fleeting visit, which I think he is describing as a regional visit, no doubt to give the Scottish Tories their marching orders for the remainder of the election campaign, he should take the opportunity to apologise for Tory austerity, for Tory welfare cuts, for the mess and the chaos of Brexit, and for the misery that has been heaped on Scottish people by the Tories for too many years now.

So confident am I that Boris Johnson will not go down very well with Scottish voters in the election, that my words to him as he leaves Scotland this afternoon might be, “Haste ye back.”

The Presiding Officer:

I was hoping that we could get through questions without a direct reference to the general election. I remind all members to try not to do direct campaigning in the chamber.