Speaking after the debate this afternoon on the SNP’s mishandling of a deal with Chinese firms, which saw the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy apologise for the first time, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:
“I welcome the first real acknowledgement from the Cabinet Secretary that this was badly handled but we now need to properly see how we avoid this shambles happening again. Never again should we learn about an investment deal in the Chinese press. Never again should human rights and gross corruption be ignored. Opposition parties were attacked for raising legitimate concerns.
“It shouldn’t have taken all this effort to get an apology. Now he needs to show that he has actually learnt from this debacle.”