Category Archives: John Swinney

Willie Rennie: We need Scottish Water funds now

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has asked John Swinney to pick up the phone and talk to Danny Alexander about releasing funds in Scottish Water to create jobs and investment in Scotland. In the 2011 Holyrood election, Jeremy Purvis … Continue reading

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Rennie and Swinney on the Budget – a masterclass in doing politics better

This week saw the passage of the Scottish Budget. For the first time, John Swinney had the ability to draw up his figures, tell his overall majority to vote for them and barely involve any other parties in the Scottish … Continue reading

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>Swinney squirms as Rennie quizzes him on SNP Calman dithering and delay

>I’ve just been taking a wee look at yesterday’s Scotland Bill Committee meeting at Holyrood which heard evidence from John Swinney and Bruce Crawford from the SNP Government. Willie Rennie, the Liberal Democrat member of that committee, took them to … Continue reading

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>Purvis’ practical solutions for business illuminate economy debate

> Here are three of the four particpants in the last of the four Scotland on Sunday debates which took place yesterday. John Swinney, whose elbow you can just see on the left,  Labour’s Andy Kerr, Conservative Derek Brownlee and … Continue reading

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>Did Labour know about SNP tax power betrayal?

>I was pretty livid when I read that the SNP Government had given away the Scottish Parliament’s tax raising powers for the next three years by failing to pay the £50,000 a year maintenance charge to HMRC for them to do … Continue reading

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>Holyrood: The Budget Battleground

>Last year the SNP Government was only able to get its budget through after a highly dramatic Holyrood showdown. Will the various groups in the Scottish Parliament be able to conduct themselves in a constructive manner this year, working together … Continue reading

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