Dumyat summit (above)
The cast was refreshed with Ruth Davidson replaced by Jackson Carlaw. JC said I am the first man to lead for my party for 13 years and then said “I quite like the First Minister”. No fireworks today then. He focussed on the faulty mesh implants in women and revealed that some sufferers were in the gallery. JC wanted a formal Government (SG) apology…..The FM repeated an apology and pointed out that the issue is reserved therefore her Government is limited in its ability to act.
Richard Leonard (RL) jumped up onto his soapbox for another campaign speech referencing an Audit Scotland report about the NHS…..The FM disagreed with the report saying that it failed to include £3.3 bn. extra now allocated.
Patrick Harvie brought up a planned protest by teachers about their pay…..The FM said that negotiations were ongoing and in view of satisfactory settlements with the NHS and Police that teachers could expect a similar result.
Willie Rennie spluttered about NHS targets not being met and wanted to know what the penalties would be for “breaking the target law”…..The FM said that all health services were experiencing increased demand and that restructuring plans would relieve some pressure on the NHS.
Gillian Martin raised the Theresa May “hostile migration environment” by highlighting the unjust threatened deporting of the Connelly family. The FM replied that even the Daily Record described the Tory Government policy as disastrous.
Daniel Johnston raised the row over a proposed gunshop in Edinburgh and managed to include the row about a goat being shot in Islay. The FM said that most gun issues are reserved. Mark Ruskell wanted SG climate change targets to be tightened.
Tom Arthur reprised the row caused by a statement from Michelle Ballantyne over the two child benefit policy. (aka “rape clause”)
Also raised were: Low pay of foreign workers on the Beatrice wind farm , Limits of flu jags , Summer time clock changes , Topical issue of a “right to rehab” for all stroke victims.