Education, education, education to quote a well-known millionaire and today’s FMQ’s was all about education both Ruth and Kezia went with a report released this morning criticising educational attainment both the gap and the level of competence. Were Ruth and Kezia part of a coordinated attack. we couldn’t possibly comment. Patrick Harvey got a question this week and went on the lack of detail for both the financial and environmental case in the recent Airport Passenger Duty APD government reports. Nicola certainly had her back against the wall at times and frankly Ruth may well have won this one.
We then digress into all things indy ref 2, just couldn’t help it.
Ruth Davidson goes on tax Nicholas Sturgeon reminds her of all the freebies in Scotland prescription charges et cetera. Kezia Dugdale steals the Liberal Democrats thunder and goes on mental health. “Once upon a time” Willie Rennie gets a question, we eventually remembered what it was, Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Patrick Harvey hints why there might be in agreement on the budget this afternoon and makes the argument for more money for local services. The speaker actually says something about MSPs being too excited, because the budget is being debated later.
Our first FMQ’s of 2017 although not the first, Ruth gets all fire and brimstone at the end of her questions and Kezia does quite well, I think we all agree, and manages to insert quite a few soundbites for the up coming council elections in May. Mr Rennie as usual stands up and starts laughing at himself. Your comments and opinions are as always welcome.
Nicholas Sturgeon again dominating FMQs with a rather annoyed looking Ruth Davidson going on all things tax as did Kezia Dugdale, Nicholas Sturgeon’s answers to both emphasising the hundred million pounds that would be generated by the rise in council tax for schools.
Patrick Harvey had questions today, again council tax, while promising the Greens support for the bill he was very pushy about an amendment the Liberals have put forward with some criticism contained in it of the SNP. It may cause some problems at the vote which happens at 5 PM today at Holyrood.
Notable once again that the only party which mentioned the constitution/independence were the Conservatives obviously believing a staunch Unionist stance being their strongest appeal to the voters.
Although Willie’s picture is above Mr Rennie got no questions today so we’ll never know what the Liberals thought about council tax.