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Legislative programme debated in Scottish Parliament

September 4, 2012 5:10 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the Scottish Government's independence referendum plans outlined in the legislative programme in Holyrood today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

"Sixteen months after the SNP won the mandate to hold the referendum they have made little progress. The SNP has spent more time arguing for a second question that they don't support than independence that they apparently do.

"They are now redefining independence at a ferocious rate to include more and more of the British state they claim to detest so much. With so much dither and delay over process, you get the distinct impression that the SNP now fear their own policy."

Commenting on the wider legislative programme, Mr Rennie said:

"The big missed opportunity today is that of Scottish Water. By changing Scottish Water into a public benefit corporation, which firmly remains in the public sector, there is the potential to release a £1.5 billion windfall.

"This money could be used to finance the shovel-ready projects the SNP never tire of shouting about. This would create jobs the length and breadth of Scotland.

"But as always, given the choice, the SNP would prefer to complain than act. They have ducked away from the single most effective decision for jobs and the economy."