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Meeting of the Parliament 02 October 2014 : Thursday, October 02, 2014
Johann Lamont

The First Minister might not be aware of this, but Dr Peter Bennie, the chair of the British Medical Association Scotland, has asked for “an honest, public debate”. The First Minister’s response fails on every single count and reveals a degree of complacency that even I am astonished by.

Just weeks before Scotland made the decision to vote no, the chief executives of our health boards held crisis talks with Scottish Government officials about the future of the NHS. They warned that £0.5 billion of cuts were coming down the line. After two years of dismissing the daily warnings of staffing shortages, missed targets and failures in patient care, is the First Minister now willing to have the real debate about the future of our NHS that the health boards are asking for, or is he going to concentrate his time on the golf course while we wait for Nicola Sturgeon’s coronation before getting back to work?



Education and Culture Committee 30 September 2014 : Tuesday, September 30, 2014
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)

Good morning, everyone.

Throughout the process, one of the big issues that was discussed was communication—or the perceived lack of it—with teachers. A number of submissions have been made. The SQA said that there was

“comprehensive communication of existing key documents and resources”,

but the Educational Institute of Scotland said that there was a failure to communicate key messages. Ken Cunningham, the general secretary of School Leaders Scotland, said:

“The preparation, consultation: there’s been more than I can ever remember. The amount of effort that’s gone into this knocks the others into the corner”.

There are quite a lot of different opinions on the process, which was discussed at length. For the future, as we look to what we will do, how can we communicate with teachers? How can we improve that further?



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)

One of the many positive aspects of the campaign was the sheer level of engagement. Members of our communities engaged at all levels. Whether through social media, at public meetings or by watching the big television debates, people were extremely interested in the debate. Who would not be interested in the biggest and most important debate that Scotland has ever had?

It was a busy campaign, regardless of whether you were on the yes or no side. I am quite sure that energy drink sales went through the roof, with many campaigners drinking them all the time; indeed, I am trying to get many team Paisley members off of what is, by this stage, almost an addiction.

I am glad to say that the people of Paisley voted yes. Paisley is a yes town. Traditional working-class areas wanted independence for Scotland. People in Glenbar, Foxbar, Paisley’s east end and Ferguslie Park, where turnout is traditionally low, came out in massive numbers to vote for radical change. That is the type of engagement that we, as politicians, must embrace. We must ensure that those people continue to feel powerful and continue to want to engage. They felt that their vote would make a difference. My fellow buddies embraced the change that was being offered and wanted to go for a different system in the future. I hope that the Westminster elite remember that when they make their decisions.

Yesterday, we had many campaigning stories. Young people shook our hands on their way to school and we were congratulated at polling stations for the work that we were doing. A young man who had visited the Parliament shouted at me in the street. He said, “It’s Georgie boy—let’s talk to him.” He told me how he was voting. Matthew, who works for me, asked what other politician is treated that way in the streets of Paisley, but I take such treatment as a compliment. [Interruption.] Someone said that there is no one else called George in Paisley. I experienced an awkward moment when a young voter from Paisley grammar school came up to me and said that she wanted to take a selfie. While she was taking the picture, she said, “I adore you, George.” I found that quite awkward and creepy, but it just shows the extent to which 16 and 17-year-old voters got engaged with the process.

Some young women from Paisley—the Paisley girls—spoke to Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander about child poverty. They recorded the meeting. As well as asking Mr Miliband about child poverty, they told him that they intended to vote for independence and asked what he could offer them and their children for the future. Mr Miliband looked at them blankly and Douglas Alexander tried desperately to explain Labour’s position. One of the young women said, “You’re paying for Trident and I can’t get a house in Paisley.” That is the kind of issue that they discussed. Those young women saw independence as a way forward.

On a number of occasions, we saw the Margo mobile and Jim Sillars. It was great to campaign with him again. It reminded me of my younger days—in 1988, I campaigned with Iain Lawson, Gil Paterson and Jim Sillars in a snappy bus. It was good to go to areas such as Morar Drive in Foxbar, which was bedecked in yes posters. People in those areas, which have traditionally had low turnouts, were desperate to get radical change.

The sheer magnitude of the campaign of the yes activists, who worked with members of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Green Party, was fantastic. On the Saturday after the referendum, I was on my second pint in my local bar when a woman came up to me and said, “George, can you ask Alex Salmond why he has given up as First Minister when he was the person—along with Nicola Sturgeon—who convinced me to vote yes?” [Laughter.]



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
George Adam

Who can forget that thousands of people from all over the county walked through the streets of Paisley in blue and white carrying their yes banners? They wanted to make a difference and they knew how important what was happening was. Locally, we are ensuring that we engage with all the people who were part of the campaign. We have to keep them politicised. We must ensure that they do not get fed up and feel disenfranchised as the Westminster elite think that it is business as usual and go back to their traditional games.

Yesterday at the Labour Party conference, it was almost as if the referendum had not really happened and there was a desire to carry on with Westminster’s games. This is not a game. We are dealing with people’s lives. Whether people voted yes or no, they voted for change. What has happened to the vow that was made? Let us talk about that vow. Surely it was not like a Lib Dem pledge—surely it meant something. Under that vow, the three no parties agreed that

“the Scottish parliament is permanent and extensive new powers for the parliament will be delivered by the process and to the timetable agreed and announced by our three parties, starting on 19 September”.

I think that that timetable is a wee bit behind, because things started to change on the morning of 19 September.

All that I am saying is that Scotland demands change, just as my constituency demands change. My constituents and I will be watching the elite in the Westminster establishment as they make the relevant decisions over the next few years. They have to do something; it is not business as usual.



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
George Adam

Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)

6. To ask the Scottish Government what consultation it has had with the United Kingdom Government regarding the implementation of legislation relating to data laws. (S4O-03496)



Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
George Adam If the cabinet secretary had full powers over the issue, how would he deal with it?



Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP) I welcome the cabinet secretary’s statement and its ambition and vision for Scotland’s future. Is he able to confirm that the innovation centres represent a massive step forward by bringing the academic and business worlds together, and by providing for collaboration and innovation across both sectors? Furthermore, does he agree that the strength of Scotland’s higher education sector is one of the reasons why Scotland can approach independence with full confidence?



Meeting of the Parliament 13 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
George Adam (Paisley) (SNP)

15. To ask the Scottish Government what the impact on tourism has been of the various events across the country in 2014. (S4O-03475)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 13, 2014
George Adam Does the minister agree that the Commonwealth games showed the world Scotland at its best? Does he agree that that and all the other events that will come to Scotland can have only a positive impact on our tourism industry?

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-10385: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10260: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-09980: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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