Rennie responds to "damaging and managerial" Programme for Government


Responding to the First Minister's Programme for Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

Responding to the First Minister's Programme for Government, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

"After eleven years in power this government is showing all the signs of being at the end. Even the recycling minister has been recycled.

"The SNP are struggling to discover any purpose for their remaining time in office, left only with a series of damaging managerial changes.

"The SNP could have used this as an opportunity to ditch divisive P1 tests.

"With today's disastrous mental health figures, we could have had a Mental Health Improvement Act to ensure parity of esteem for mental health with physical health.

"With growing calls for a modernised United Kingdom, we could have had a United Kingdom Cooperation Act to improve relations between the Scottish and UK governments and rebuild the relationship that both sides have spent years trashing.

"The Liberal Democrats want a Local Government Funding Bill that would look at a new land value tax and a tourism infrastructure charge. It would deliver the necessary reforms required to empower local councils to deliver the services that they are responsible for. Just like Holyrood, local councils should have the power to raise the majority of money that they spend.  That would empower them in a way that has been prevented in recent years. If you control your purse strings you can control your destiny on the areas of responsibility.

"What’s more, the First Minister can’t even bring herself to back the one policy that could save us from the damaging effects of Brexit, by putting in the legwork for a people’s vote.  Instead of dithering, as a parliament we should be pledging our support for UK legislation necessary to agree such a vote.

"These are the fresh, new ideas that this government should have brought forward in its Programme for Government."


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