Bro­ken prom­ises from politi­cians

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Opinion -

SIR, – I sup­pose by this time in Jan­uary the prom­ises of keeping to our New Year res­o­lu­tions have truly gone out into space. Very much like the many prom­ises made by our cur­rent po­lit­i­cal mas­ters in Holy­rood who have failed mis­er­ably to keep to the prom­ises made in their man­i­festos.

Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion, of which we have all been so proud of in the past, is now in a dread­ful state as re­vealed in the re­cent Pisa (Pro­gramme for In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent As­sess­ment) re­port. The rank­ing for Scot­land on maths, read­ing and sci­ence was just av­er­age and Scot­land now fea­tures as be­ing well be­low the ed­u­ca­tion stan­dards of poor and un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, which is shame­ful.

We have the con­tin­u­ing de­lay in set­ting up the promised NHS trauma cen­tre in Aberdeen, (P&J, Jan­uary 12) and we are now told that this en­hanced unit will not be ready for at least 18 months, just an­other of those failed prom­ises.

Mind you, there have been promised projects com­pleted: there was the re­or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2014 of our re­gional po­lice forces into Po­lice Scot­land, and we all know how suc­cess­ful that’s been, it’s now less ef­fec­tive and deeper in debt than when we had sep­a­rate forces. Also, the changes to our emer­gency fire ser­vices which al­ready is show­ing how un­suc­cess­ful that has been. The am­bu­lance ser­vices face sim­i­lar treat­ment, shock­ing.

Now that the Brexit ref­er­en­dum has re­turned our fish­ing in­dus­try to UK con­trol, what I can­not un­der­stand is that the SNP wants to take us back into the EU, no doubt with our fish­ing in­dus­try as part of the bar­gain­ing deal – worse be­hav­iour than Ted Heath I would say.

Ken Wat­mough, Broomhill Ter­race,


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