‘What’s the point in Parliament?!’ SNP MSP skewered over mistrusting Sturgeon committee

The SNP’s Shona Robison rejected the findings from the Holyrood committee which found Nicola Sturgeon had misled the Scottish parliament. But while the MSP said the inquiry was partisan, BBC broadcaster Martin Geissler asked Ms Robison what was the point in parliament if politicians and others question its conclusions on serious topics. Ms Robison dodged the question and explained that leaks from the committee should not happen and said that should be investigated. 

Speaking on The Nine, guests discussed the reports from the Holyrood committee and the independent James Hamilton report. 

Mr Geissler questioned Ms Robison’s position on the findings. 

He asked: “It sounds to me like you’re saying we should pay attention to the parts of this report that agree with you and ignore the rest of it –  is that what you’re saying?”

Ms Robison replied: “No, the process of that committee report being pulled together has been utterly partisan.  

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“It hasn’t been based on the evidence, what has been leaked so far was highly political and therefore it is a partisan report based on politics rather than the evidence. 

“James Hamilton has looked at the evidence and has looked at it from a position of being independent of any political or partisan allegiances.”

Mr Geissler interrupted and said: “Let me just ask you a really important question though. 

“If we can’t trust our politicians in Scotland to conduct a really serious report into mishandling and the letting down of civil servants. 

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“And that is something to be looked at, we can’t have an issue like this that is so serious and the conclusions or apparent conclusions being leaked while the report is still under discussion. 

“That in itself should be investigated because it actually breaches the conduct that MSPs are supposed to abide by. 

“So there are serious questions for the committees of our parliament I want to see the system strengthened within our parliament.

“And the attacks on our parliament from forces elsewhere who have sought to undermine our parliament and devolution should be pushed back.

“Our parliament is a great institution, but it needs the powers that it needs – It needs the powers of independence.”

Mr Geissler quipped that the Scottish parliament needs to restore public faith in it. 

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