ref date:25 Mar 2001 (ENV)
Scots have no government minister for the environment
With the demise of Sam Galbraith, Scotland now has one man
looking after ALL environmental concerns and fishing/farming - two
briefs that fight continuously. Unless Ross Finnie is superman and
truly can separate out these conflict of interest sections, we can see
more pollution in Scotland and more interference in Scottish matters
as McLeish (Finnies boss) has shown he is a London YES-MAN.
Bruce Crawford, the SNP's shadow transport and
environment minister, said
"What are we playing at?"
"We are failing on recycling, running at half the target level.
Our carbon dioxide levels are slipping behind those in
England. We are missing our targets on renewable
energy and our beaches are a disgrace."
"Then there are the conflicts between agriculture and the
environment such as the use of pesticides, the use of
human sewage on fields, the decline of hedgerows, the
pollution caused by salmon farming, and the whole issue
of genetically modified food."
"Who is going to stand for Scotland on these issues?
Ross Finnie is going to have to develop a split personality
because he is going to have to wear two hats."