Writing in the Edinburgh Evening News, Lib Dem Scottish Parliament candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton responds to SNP attacks on him for attacking them:
When [SNP] ministers preside over a year on year decline in the global rankings of our education system, the shambolic and unwanted centralisation of public services or a waiting times crisis in our health service, then someone should point out that we deserve much better…
John F Kennedy said that “without debate, without criticism no administration can succeed and no republic can survive”. Whilst the SNP may win another landslide (and I think that would be terrible for our democracy if they do), there will always be people like me across the chamber, offering that debate and that criticism. Don’t try to shut it down.
My campaign has been about policy from the start, after all the Lib Dems have got a cracking offer to take to the electorate: a transformational year on year investment of £500m in education through nurseries, schools and reversing SNP cuts to 152,000 college places; a reconfigured health budget that staves off the GP recruitment crisis whilst putting mental health on an equal footing in primary care; and a resolute commitment to protecting the environment and defending civil liberties.
My campaign is about offering my local community something better. Better than the policies of a government which puts its obsession with independence before the needs of our public services. Better than the substandard service we have had to put up with from the local nationalist MP over this last year. It’s a positive message which is resonating with more and more people across West Edinburgh.
For more on the importance of Alex Cole-Hamilton’s campaign, see Liberal Democrat Newswire #74.