"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Thursday, 25 March 2010

FMQs 25 March 2010 - Scottish Parliament

Talk of accelerated capital, recovery stimulus and consequentials was part of this week's FMQs - with a few insults thrown in for good measure.

Andy Kerr was heard calling the FM a 'numpty' and the FM replied by saying Iain Gray was a 'sop'. Both MSPs were asked by the Presiding Officer, (who took to his feet to rebuke the offenders), to retract their insults which they did, although Alex Salmond chose to replace his offensive word with 'placeman'. Rather weak I thought because everyone knows Iain Gray is London Labour's placeman in the Scottish Parliament.

Labour's Iain Gray insisted, from yesterday's Westminster budget, Scotland would be better off. The FM disagreed and various statistics were bandied between the two leaders. What is a certainty is that public spending will be reducing in the coming years.

Ms Goldie, through a FOI request, had discovered that the Scottish government had £4m left, of a £10m pot, from their advertising budget which would be spent this month. She was suspicious the money would be spent more to the benefit of the SNP than the government. I was confused by the First Minister's reply but then it appears so was Ms Goldie.

Mr Scott again broached the subject of pay and bonuses for quango bosses. Once again the FM explained these contracts were signed under the last administration and any changes may incur legal action.

Not much general information in today's session but you may be able to find something of interest if you watch it on Holyroodtv or the BBC iPlayer.

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