Gov­ern­ment should stop pass­ing the buck

The Oban Times - - Letters - Alas­tair Red­man, Is­lay.

Sir, The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is facing a fine of up to £125 mil­lion over the SNP’s CAP pay­ments fi­asco.

On top of that, Scot­tish tax­pay­ers will also be foot­ing the bill for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s failed IT sys­tem, which will cost £178 mil­lion.

To make mat­ters even worse, de­spite spend­ing a king’s ran­som on this new IT sys­tem, around a quar­ter of farm­ers are still to re­ceive any pay­ment, de­spite the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment say­ing money would be­gin ar­riv­ing in De­cem­ber last year.

Our farm­ers have been wait­ing an ob­scene amount of time to re­ceive their money and, as such, our ru­ral econ­omy is be­ing starved of hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds.

De­spite Au­dit Scot­land re­leas­ing a damn­ing report into the SNP’s CAP pay­ments cri­sis, and ru­ral af­fairs sec­re­tary Richard Lochhead re­sign­ing from the Scot­tish cabi­net, Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney, on a re­cent ra­dio in­ter­view, ap­peared to blame the EU and the farming in­dus­try it­self, rather than tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for his party’s role in the mat­ter.

It is high time the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment stopped con­stantly try­ing to pass the buck and sorted out this mess. Scot­land’s farm­ers de­serve better than this SNP gov­ern­ment.

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