Jeremy Purvis: Creating an ambitious, compassionate and fair Scotland

I caught up with Scottish Liberal Democrat Finance Spokesman Jeremy Purvis at the manifesto launch on Tuesday and asked him what a Liberal Democrat Scotland looked like.

Posted as part of Caron Lindsay’s Elections, Referendums and Lib Dem Achievements Guest Editor day

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  • cynicalHighlander 7th Apr '11 - 4:38pm

    Caron I have tried to alert you elsewhere that you have a virus on your website.

  • cH, I’m not getting any warning either. Sounds like your antivirus is throwing up a false positive.

    Douglas, you’re right on the independence issue. The fact that the Lib Dems refused to even enter coalition negotiations with the SNP in 2007 because of the referendum issue, therefore ruling themselves out of government for four years, is just laughable. I cannot think of any opinion polls since devolution which have shown majority support for independence so any referendum would have kicked the issue into the long grass for “a generation”, according to Alex Salmond himself. To do the same again is just sheer idiocy. And I say all this as a supporter of independence.

    As for Jeremy Purvis, his shambolic performance on Newsnicht a couple of days ago showed his lack of foresight. He repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether the plans for Scottish Water were cleared with the UK Treasury to ensure that any profits remained in Scotland and are not simply clawed back by the Treasury. Surely a wee chat with Danny Alexander could have sorted this all out beforehand and saved him any trouble?

  • cynicalHighlander 7th Apr '11 - 5:09pm
  • cynicalHighlander 7th Apr '11 - 5:14pm

    Hi Guys this site doesn’t like me posting a link the warning is

    Blackhat SEO (type 1703)

    Possibly harmless but Firefox and AVG brings it up

  • Callum Leslie Caron Lindsay 7th Apr '11 - 8:29pm

    Douglas, I think you’ve read more into Jeremy’s comments the other night than was meant to be there. He said that we were against independence, which we are and he said he wouldn’t want to see a referendum on it because it was too much of a distraction, but I sensed a slight change in the nuance of the language from 4 years ago. I’m pretty relaxed about the idea of a referendum as you know, and we are both well out of step with the leadership on that one. While I expect them to play hardball on the point, I doubt it’ll be the immediate gamechanger it was in 07.

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