Thursday, 3 February 2011
FMQs 3 February 2010
Why does Iain Gray, the leader of Labour MSPs, continue to question the First Minister on justice matters when he knows the SNP government has improved the policing of our streets by an extra 1,000 pairs of feet and recorded crime is at a 30-year low?
Of course Mr Gray was attempting to pin down the FM on the new Community Payback Order which was voted through the parliament this week. A feeble effort.
Ms Goldie called the same programme 'candy floss and flim flam' and suggested community service was a joke when low-level offenders were offered arts and crafts as well as manual work. The FM again defended the programme saying offenders were learning new skills and that was a benefit to society.
Tavish Scott questioned removal of social workers from councils to the NHS, the proposal to create a single national fire service and the proposed reductions in police forces. Alex Salmond insisted the government judged these matters in terms of effective government.
It wasn't an informative FMQs today. More like a practice run in one-upmanship in the lead up to the Holyrood election.