Snip­ing from the side­lines

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

Sir - Per­haps our il­lus­tri­ous MSP Colin Smyth could ex­plain to us ex­actly how he would cease slash­ing the bud­gets of lo­cal coun­cils if he were in power?

At the same time he might en­lighten us on his plan to do away with bed block­ing.

Does he have a ma­gi­cian’s wand or a silky tongue that will per­suade West­min­ster’s un­car­ing Tory gov­ern­ment, backed by MPs like David Mun­dell and Alister Jack, to change tack and ac­tu­ally in­crease Scot­land’s an­nual bud­get rather that con­tin­u­ally chip away at it. Only big­ger bud­gets can achieve what he is al­ways whin­ing on about.

I doubt we will hear any­thing from Mr Smyth. He’s sim­ply play­ing the game. That’s the beauty of be­ing in op­po­si­tion. Sit on the side­lines and snipe away safely in the knowl­edge you can claim and say any­thing you like and never have to back it up.

And, of course, that’s all Mr Smyth will ever have to do as an MSP. Tired of Lis­ten­ing Dum­fries

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