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

Read more by or more about , or .
This entry was posted in News and Scotland.


  • 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.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?


Recent Comments

  • Helen Dudden
    If a seat can be bought in the House of Lords, where is the value of that seat? I've been to Westminster on several occasions and always been checked on the...
  • David Evans
    Jeff, you say "Perhaps not, but it is unreasonable to [seek a pay increase that compensates for the effect of inflation] and retain absurdly archaic working pra...
  • Chris Moore
    @Peter Martin: An economically and mathematically challenged individual might conclude from your intervention that UK GDP per capita was higher in 2007 - 50k...
  • John Medway
    Thanks all for your comments. @William Francis - Yes, although GDP isn't in my view "almost everything", it still has its uses. A precipitate fall in GDP wou...
  • expats
    ......Johnson and Shapps pretend they can’t end the rail strikes..That’s nonsense.. Well our own Munira Wilson seems to have her own ideas (unless she is...