Category Archives: FMQs

Johann Lamont’s best line ever at FMQs – and it wasn’t even accurate….

It’s been a bit of a pandatastic week. The Edinburgh Zoo pandas have been here for 18 months and have so far managed to avoid the First Minister. Until the other day. The way he pronounced on Tian Tian’s medical … Continue reading

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Patrick Harvie’s Clock Up

Surely there has to be an easier way of getting something done in the Scottish Parliament than this? How much has it cost in terms of staff time and effort for Patrick Harvie’s question – “to ask the Corporate Body … Continue reading

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Salmond fails on carbon capture at #fmq

The SNP will do anything to take a knock at the UK Government. It’s all part of their plan to persuade the people that anything that involves Westminster is the Spawn of Satan. First Minister’s Questions is, these days, not … Continue reading

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Willie Rennie asks Alex Salmond to implement recommendations on ending lifetime gay men blood donation ban

It was the first First Minister’s Questions of the new parliamentary session today. Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie had asked on Twitter earlier in the day for suggestions for questions. He decided to ask the following: About an hour … Continue reading

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>Brian Taylor and the strange priorities of the news agenda #sp4

>This is the second time in a couple of weeks I’ve argued with Brian Taylor. He’s still my favourite political journalist by a long way, but I am taking issue with a comment he made on his blog  about Willie … Continue reading

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>Education dominates FMQs – but did anyone care about the kids?

>It dawned on me when I was thinking about this that there’s roughly the ratio of Liberal Democrat MSPs to others that you’d find of adults to kids on a school trip, around 1 in 8. It certainly seemed like … Continue reading

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>Salmond’s smoke & mirrors on high pay proved wrong by figures

>Alex Salmond was at his smuggest at First Minister’s Questions today. He rightly anticipated that Scottish Liberal Democrat leader was going to ask about high pay in the public sector, as this is something that we are very concerned about. … Continue reading

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>Nurses and Police dominate FMQs

>Nurses and Policemen probably feature in election literature more than people in any other occupation. That’s a bit unfair in a way, but these two groups of people tend to be seen as representative of hard pressed public sector workers. … Continue reading

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>Tavish catches Salmond fiddling while education burns

>FMQs is usually a display of brimstone, bluff and bluster from our imitiable showman of a First Minister. Occasionally he surprises and behaves like a grown up, just to remind us (or maybe himself) that he still can. Increasingly, though, … Continue reading

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>Tavish Scott highlights Lib Dem Coalition success at FMQs

>It was probably a little bit naughty of Tavish Scott to use today’s FMQs at Holyrood to highlight a key part of the Coalition Agreement secured by the Liberal Democrats – the ending of detention of children at Dungavel and … Continue reading

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