TIME FOR OPPOSITION TO CORRECT OWN MISTAKES AND AVOID HYPOCRISY CHARGE
Thursday, 22 November 2012 16:26
LAMONT AND DAVIDSON MUST MEASURE UP TO SAME STANDARDS AS SNP
The SNP has today called on opposition leaders to follow the example set by the First Minister and correct the mistakes that they have made in the Chamber.
Producing just some of the examples of uncorrected factual inaccuracies by both Ruth Davidson and Johann Lamont, the SNP have now invited these MSPs to live up to the same standard and correct their own errors with the Parliament’s Official Report at the first opportunity.
Johann Lamont has erroneously claimed on more than one occasion that the Chinese steel contract for the Forth Replacement Crossing was valued at £800m, when in reality the value was only 5%-10% of this.
For her part, Ruth Davidson has listed a number of college courses which she claimed were “no longer available under the Education Secretary’s stewardship,” despite the courses still being available at a number of colleges.
Commenting, SNP MSP Dennis Robertson said:
“The people of Scotland rightly expect the highest standards of accuracy from their elected representatives – that is why SNP MSPs have apologised and accepted responsibility for inadvertent mistakes they have made.
“It is time for the opposition to conform to these same high standards. Both Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson have made factually incorrect claims in the Chamber, but neither of them have ever taken the opportunity to correct them.
“The First Minister gave just two examples of times where Ms Lamont and Ms Davidson have demonstrably given an inaccurate statement to Parliament. They must now both seek to correct these inaccurate statements immediately – otherwise they will lack credibility and will be open to entirely accurate charge of hypocrisy.”