The campaign to restore the railway to the Borders, enthusiastically championed by David Steel, was already a couple of decades old in the late 1990s, pre devolution. But in 1998 the region was hit by the economic tsunami of the closure of the Viasystems factories, a major printed circuit board manufacturer, and the world famous Pringle knitwear operation in Hawick – thousands of jobs were lost with some clicks on a financier’s spreadsheet.Read more
This week I published figures which showed over 4,000 patients have been sent for mental health treatment outside of their health board area in the past five years.Read more
Must try harder. That's our verdict on the SNP's record on Education.
After 8 years in Government, education is getting worse in Scotland. Class sizes are going up, teacher numbers are falling, literacy levels are falling & educational attainment just isn't good enough.