If there is only one document that you read before voting in the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 05/05, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' manifesto has to be it!
You will find in it an explanation of all that has been wrong with the SNP administration over the past 9 yrs, and a clear prescription of all that we will do to fix it, and more!
Obviously, education is the headline feature. Scottish Education was once the best in the world, but over the past 9 yrs it has been on a downward slope. It needs investment, resources and dedicated MSPs to help fix it. Our penny rise in income tax is just what the doctor ordered.
While we believe education is the top priority, we know it isn't the only one, which is why you will also see in detail our plans for the NHS, especially mental health, and our plans to reclassify drug use/abuse as a health rather than a criminal justice issue.
Our plans to re-democratise policing, urgently required as the litany of failures of the SNP's centralisation shows.
Our plans to protect your civil liberties from an ever more controlling and suspicious state.
Our plans to protect the environment, move away from reliance on fossil fuels and better invest in renewables.
Our plans to ensure that all our citizens can be whoever and whatever they want to be, enabled by the state where they need help and empowered to prosper with or without state help as they see fit for themselves.
You can find the manifesto at http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/plan
Your local Lib Dem team is campaigning for communities across all of south and south-west Edinburgh. Our Citizen and Focus teams have been actively campaigning in the city for over 40 years.
When Pramod Subbaraman stood for the Edinburgh South in the General Election, he was amazed at the number of people who recalled what a great MSP Mike Pringle had been from 2003 to 2011. Now Mike Pringle is happy to endorse Pramod as Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh Southern.
Mike said."I reckon Pramod has the energy, commitment and Liberal instincts that will ensure he listens to and acts for the people of his constituency in a sympathetic and intelligent way.
"A vote for Pramod Subbaraman in your constituency vote here in Edinburgh Southern and for the Scottish Liberal Democrats on the regional list would help to hold thus autocratic Scottish government to account".
On this site you will find information on what is happening in south Edinburgh (that's Edinburgh South and Edinburgh Pentlands, and at Westminster, Edinburgh South and Edinburgh South West). And you can find out about the work we're doing on behalf of the people and communities amongst which we live. If you would like to get in touch pleas follow the links on the left hand side of this page to contact our team.
In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn't tell anyone about it.
This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.
As the Holyrood elections get closer and closer, I have become increasingly bemused that Ruth Davidson and others have sought to claim that the Conservatives are somehow the authentic opposition to the SNP.
It jars starkly with my experience when governing alongside the Conservatives in Coalition in Whitehall for five years.
If you're voting for the first time in a Holyrood election, this is what you need to know:
Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.
If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the planet's future but neither the Scottish nor the UK Governments seem to want to place the fight against it at the top of the agenda.
In the next few days, postal votes will be landing on doormats across Scotland. Here's a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:
Complete your ballot paper. Remember, you have two votes at this election, so complete both the Peach and Lilac ballot papers.
Seal your ballot paper in the smaller envelope.
Sign the declaration AND fill in your date of birth. (This is really important, your vote won't be counted if you don't fill them both in!)
Put the sealed smaller envelope in the larger envelope along with your completed declaration and post right away!
This morning I joined some of our candidates and their children to launch our manifesto for the 2016 election.
The title of the manifesto is "Be the best again". That is our ambition for Scotland.
With the biggest investment in education since devolution we will make Scottish education the best again after it slipped to just average.
In the next few days, postal votes will start arriving for the Scottish elections. Here's what you need to know before they do:
The saga over a £10bn Memorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Government and two Chinese construction giant has grown murkier and murkier by the day.
First - the deal wasn't announced to the Scottish Press, only in China. That was revealed on Sunday and Willie took the Transport Minister to task about it on Monday's Scotland 2016:
Common Agricultural Policy payments from the EU are hugely important to rural communities across Scotland. They help keep farmers and crofters in businesses and spill over into the wider rural economy as people buy the supplies they need.
In recent years we have seen major changes in the way that this money is allocated. This has meant that the UK and Scottish Governments have had to look again at the way money is divided between different farms in different areas of the country.
It is fair to say that Police Scotland has had a difficult 12 months and the new Chief Constable has a serious amount of work to do if he is to restore morale among the rank and file and ensure the public can have confidence in the force.
One of the troubling incidents we have seen are reports that the Police unlawfully accessed the communications data of people suspected to be media sources. In simple terms, they ignored the rules and accessed personal communications data of certain officers who were suspected to have talked to journalists regarding an investigation.