It being the day after the terrorist attack at Westminster a great deal of the time in fact all the contributions from the party leaders revolved around how wonderful our emergency services are how terrible terrorists are and all the platitudes you would expect. We would hope that all views expressed are held sincerely.
There were however real questions asked: –
The rising cost of hospital parking.
Christine Graham SNP asked about policies in place for the ageing population.
Alex Cole Hamilton of the Liberal Democrats asked about provisions to help the aged overcome their fear of falling.
Finally the Tories asked about what was in place for the one in five children who were rejected after being referred to mental health professionals.
Alex, Phil, Norrie and Stewart “discuss” as educational attainment, economic futures and entrance to the EU and EFTA are raised by the opposition but mostly Nicola wastes them with pointed campaign buzzwords (take control) for the upcoming independence referendum.
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.