Month: March 2016

How axing APD can grow GDP

by Steve Daley Scotland’s economy is strong with certain sectors such as the construction sector outperforming the rest of the UK. However Scotland’s economy recently has been slowing for the last two consecutive quarters. Tourism is a huge part of…

Local Tax

So, this past week has seen all the parties state what they would do about local tax if they are in government after May 5th, or did they? Ruth Davidson’s Tories don’t seem to have said anything except that it…

COUNCIL DENIES YOUNG PEOPLE ACCESS TO FIRST MINISTER

Young people in North Lanarkshire, eligible to vote for the first time, have been denied direct access to Scotland’s First Minister in a bizarre move by Labour run North Lanarkshire Council.   In denying our young people the chance to…

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT MOST TRUSTED IN EU

The Scottish Government is the most trusted government in the European Union, new analysis has shown. Earlier this week, the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey found that 73 per cent of respondents trust the Scottish Government – compared to only 23…

POLL – LABOUR VOTERS BACK PROGRESSIVE SNP LOCAL TAX REFORMS

Kezia Dugdale has come under renewed pressure to use her party’s conference to set out a credible position on council tax – amidst polling evidence showing that even her own party’s voters are backing the SNP’s fair, progressive reforms to…

More Rights for Tenants

Welcoming the passing of the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill, SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said: “The Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill will provide for a transformative change in the private rented sector – providing security for Scotland’s 700,000 tenants. “The Bill…

SNP MP HAILS TAMPON TAX VICTORY

As a young woman I remember the feeling of being lumbered with the inconvenience and pain each month of the pleasure of being a woman. What irked even more was the ‘pleasure’ of having to pay for products that I…

Spring Conference

I went to the SECC in Glasgow for the Spring Conference;  it was my intention to go on the Saturday and Sunday, and as I do not like driving in Glasgow I took the bus.  Edinburgh to Buchanan Street, Glasgow…

Mr Q having fun

Dennis Robertson MSP for Aberdeenshire West and his guide dog Mr Q were spotted taking time out from the SNP conference at the SECC to visit the Quilter Cheviot Etape Royale stand at the Cycling and Walking exhibition which was also taking place. The 2016 100 mile closed road event starts and ends in Ballater on 18th September and takes in some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland on its route through upper Deeside, and on to Dufftown before climbing up over the Lecht and back to Ballater.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside & Donside SNP Councillor Geva Blackett said “This event, now in its second year, is very important for businesses in Ballater and the surrounding area as visitors from all over the world stay in our hotels, B&Bs and guest houses,  eat in our restaurants and spend money in our shops – I am delighted that Dennis is supporting the event too but have to say, he is much braver than me as no way was I climbing onto that penny farthing!”

Dennis Robertson