Speaking in response to the publication of the 2018/19 audit of the Scottish Government's consolidated accounts the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie said:
“The auditor is savage in criticism of the Scottish Government for its financial planning.
“People will be surprised that SNP have been able to write off hundreds of millions of pounds of loans without even having a clear framework for how it treats private companies.
“Ministers are using taxpayers’ money as gambling chips but never seem to have to face the music when the deal goes wrong.
“It is time for the SNP to stick to a more rigorous financial strategy that respects the tax revenues with which they have been entrusted.”