SNP's desire to centralise power continues

Commenting as it is revealed Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the number of local authorities and health boards in Scotland is untenable, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"The SNP's vice like grip on their message means that Kenny Macaskill would not have been permitted to talk about council mergers without approval from on high.

"This reveals that the SNP have a desire to centralise power. Fiddling with boundaries doesn't address the major challenges of climate change, demographic changes and big pockets of poverty. The SNP need to rule out mergers and centralisation and focus on the major challenges that Scotland faces."