Labour games fail against honest SNP budget
The Labour party’s deceit of Glasgow over the Glasgow Airport Rail Link was exposed today as they failed to use their ONE remaining opportunity to put forward proposals to reinstate the project. Labour also failed to ask Parliament to reject the budget – both commitments they had made to the people of Glasgow.
In contrast to Labour’s deceit the SNP Government was honest from the start of the budget process that there is no longer enough money in capital budgets for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link or to sustain the project in future years.
SNP MSP Bob Doris who spoke in the debate said:
"Labour has deceived the people of Glasgow and played games with Scotland’s budget. In the current climate no one will welcome their empty gestures and broken promises over serious spending commitments.
"Labour has known for months that funding cuts from their Government in London left the Scottish Government without the money to pay for the Airport Link.
"To reinstate GARL, money would have to come from cutting another programme.
"Instead of facing up to those difficult decisions Labour took the easy option and voted against freezing council tax, help for small businesses, investment in the Southern General, funding for affordable housing and more support for Scotland’s students - a decision that they will struggle to live down.
"As a Glasgow MSP I remain committed to GARL but money does not grow on trees and with budgets tightening this year and major cuts coming from Westminster for the next ten years it would have been irresponsible for the SNP to pretend this project could continue.
"The SNP was honest with the people of Glasgow. Labour have spread deceit. Labour MSPs have done nothing more than posture and gripe without delivering a single alternative proposal."