Friday, 3 October 2008

Salmond's school meals con

Alan Cochrane has an instructive article in the Daily Telegraph, examining one example of the type of sophistry employed by the SNP to give the appearance of effective government. The Scottish Education minister, Fiona Hislop, announced that free school meals would be provided for primaries 1-3 throughout Scotland.

Actually nothing of the sort is happening. She is simply strongly suggesting that local authorities find the money to fund school meals for these primary children. Cochrane’s point is that, with the SNP, an announcement does not mean that its contents bear any relation to reality. There is another agenda at work.

“I do wish the English wouldn’t take the SNP so seriously. Will they never realise that almost every utterance of Nat ministers is designed to inflame English opinion against the maintenance of the Union?”

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