Category Archives: Angela Constance

Good to see free NHS 111 number promoted

I was pleased  today to see Alex Neil  promoting that ringing NHS 24 is going to be free in a few months’ time, using the NHS non emergency number 111. This makes an awful lot more sense than the Police chief … Continue reading

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Poor Angela Constance…#scomnishambles

I really feel for Youth Employment minister Angela Constance. While every other politician in Scotland was living it up in luxury at the posh Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh for the Scottish Politician of the Year awards, she was doing … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Angela Constance, Gordon Brewer, Holyrood, hugh henry, newsnight, scotland tonight | Leave a comment

In which I was on Brian Taylor’s Big Debate

So, I’m lurking outside the conference hall on Wednesday morning just before Jo Swinson’s speech when my phone rings. The unfamiliar voice from the blocked number announces herself as a producer from Brian Taylor’s Big Debate. She asks me if … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Constance, Brian Taylor, brian taylor's big debate, catherine stihler, centre for scottish public policy, colin borland, federation of small businesses, ross martin | 2 Comments

Secretive SNP’s double standards on legal advice

It won’t be long before some nationalist comes along and accuses me of smearing the SNP. That’s what tends to happen when you disagree with them or point out that they may be guilty of saying one thing and doing … Continue reading

Posted in Alex Salmond, Angela Constance, EU, Independence Referendum, Kate Higgins, Nicola Sturgeon | 3 Comments

A chance to improve children’s lives – but let’s give children a say too!

When Willie Rennie tweeted this morning asking for question suggestions, the subject I suggested was children’s rights and services. The Scottish Government has today launched a consultation on a new Children’s Rights Bill. This will form the basis of a … Continue reading

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>Alex Cole-Hamilton wows Brian Taylor’s Big Debate

> Liberal Democrat candidate for the Lothians list and Edinburgh Central Alex Cole-Hamilton took part in Brian Taylor’s Big Debate on Radio Scotland this lunchtime, along with Angela Constance from the SNP, Lawrence Fitzpatrick from Labour and Edinburgh Central Tory … Continue reading

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>In which my MSP becomes a Minister

>Congratulations to my MSP Angela Constance who was yesterday appointed as Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister in the reshuffle following the resignation of Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson who reckoned that  I feel that I could have done much more to … Continue reading

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>Angela Constance questions Nicola Sturgeon on GP surgery high rate phone numbers

>Regular readers of this blog will know that I have thrown an occasional strop because my GP surgery has an 0844 number. This means that calling to get an appointment or a prescription costs me an absolute fortune. There was … Continue reading

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>Does Labour’s truculence over Sturgeon show a vengeful trait?

>I wrote yesterday about Iain Gray and the Labour Party’s truculent refusal to accept Nicola Sturgeon’s apology over her letter in support of Abdul Rauf. I was taken by this post by Mr MacNumpty last night which suggested that Labour … Continue reading

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>A Morning at the Pantomime – Holyrood Megrahi Debate misses the mark

>So, our Parliament gathers to scrutinise one of the biggest decisions ever taken by a Scottish Minister. Yes, the mood is going to be tense, but you would expect an air of industry, of gravity. You expect the contributions to … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Constance, Holyrood, Kenny MacAskill, Lockerbie Bomber, Malcolm Chisholm, Patrick Harvie, Robert Brown | 4 Comments