I’ve travelled across Scotland this summer.
Meeting people doing their real jobs.
Meeting people to hear what they think.
Meeting people whether they agree with me or not.
I feel sorry for SNP members. The Growth Commission was their big report. Long awaited. The answer to the failures of the 2014 referendum. Published in a flurry of breathless press releases, members were champing at the bit to debate it at their conference at the weekend but they turned up to discover it was completely absent from the agenda.
The Scottish Growth Commission is a substantial piece of work. It makes a number of assertions but it also admits how challenging an independent Scotland’s finances would be.
The Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference was held in Aviemore last weekend. There were vigorous debates on police, banking, cancer screenings and candidates at 16, which attracted some cracking young speakers.
Our fringe meetings on social care, Brexit and housing were bustling with ideas.
Vince Cable made the case for the SNP to back a Brexit deal referendum.
I called for Shona Robison to resign because of her failures on health. I also highlighted our positive impact on government policy on mental health, education and tax.