Thursday, 5 November 2009

FMQs 5 November 2009




More or less a financial FMQs today with Iain Gray berating the First Minister for not attending a meeting of the Financial Services Advisory Board since February. Mr Salmond insisted he was in regular touch with the Board and appeared to shrug off the criticism.

Surely it would have been better (for the labour candidate in the forthcoming Glasgow NE by-election) if Iain Gray had questioned the FM on the lack of respite care available for carers. I have it on good authority from Kez Dugdale, that Willie Bain, the labour candidate, lives part-time with his parents in order to give his father some respite as his mother is housebound. Of course maybe Mr Gray didn't want to draw attention to Glasgow council's social work department which should organise respite care.

The report published today by Audit Scotland was Annabel Goldie's choice of question. Good one it was too. Mr Salmond was unable to provide details of future cuts but of course mentioned the £500m the Westminster government have cut from the Scottish grant. It wouldn't be an FMQs without Alex Salmond including that detail somewhere in his responses.

Tavish Scott really should have kept sitting today. He tried to pick a phrase from a statement the FM had made in the past, only to be humiliated by the First Minister having his whole statement to hand and he had much delight in sharing it with the Chamber. Poor Tavish, he does take humiliation well though.

Christine Grahame asked if the Scottish government had objected to Westminster about their continuing policy of placing children of illegal immigrants in Dungavel detention centre. The Scottish government had voiced its concerns the FM replied and will continue to do so.

Bill Aitken was worried about the police service being affected by the forthcoming cuts but was assured, by the FM, that with more than 1000 new police on Scotland's streets, front line services would not be affected.

That's it for this week. I'm sure the half hour will be available on DemocracyLive or the BBB iPlayer. For those readers outside the UK Holyrood TV should shortly have it available.

8 comments:

Witterings From Witney said...

SR,

FMQs? Oh, First Ministers Questions and there was I thinking it meant ..........

Sounds like yours are as much fun as ours!

Mr. Mxyzptlk said...

Subrosa

I think it is good Willie helps his mum and dad also this frees up the resources from willie's family to help others in more need.

and who would you prefer to care for you family or 'strangers'

subrosa said...

Auch do tell what you thought it meant WfW. You have me guessing now ...

subrosa said...

Yes Niko that's fine. How's he going to fit in being an MP then? They continually say they're the hardest working people in the country.

Bucket of Tongues said...

Thanks for the link. I was just thinking "I really ought to watch FMQs more often"!

subrosa said...

It can be quite good entertainment some weeks BoT. There were a couple of occasions this week I had a good laugh.

Montague Burton said...

Highlight of the day was Tory MSP Bill Aitken's comment during the Minimum Alcohol debate. "The image of Jackie Baillie sitting on the fence is clearly an uncomfortable image for everyone"

subrosa said...

Aye, Bill must have been feeling sharp as a tack yesterday Monty.

Great put down that one, thanks for telling me. Must have a look at that debate.

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