SNP are undermining our reputation for science

I was pleased to speak at the annual "Science and the Parliament" event today - a get together for people involved in Scotland's science sector that I helped establish back in 2001. During my speech I talked about the importance of investing in research and evidence-based policy making.

The full text of my speech was as follows:

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League tables are coming....and the FM won't stop them

Yesterday the First Minister confirmed that journalists will be able to publish school league tables following the introduction of the National Standardised Testing.  Nicola Sturgeon has previously hidden behind weasel words to avoid such an admission because she knows that league tables are incredibly damaging to education.  When she was in opposition she was opposed to league tables.  She was right then and wrong now.

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Scotland needs a new approach to business rates

This morning I had the chance to speak to a business audience from the Kinross-shire Partnership. My message to them was clear - we have seen real progress since the dark days of the recession. Now we need to take action to ensure that we are supporting businesses as they grow. I have called for a review of business rates to ensure that we do not penalize companies who choose to invest in their premises. 

This is what I had to say:

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