Of course these home-truths are not going to appeal to the likes of Mr Lazarowicz. Scotland has effectively been a one-party [Labour] state for so long that any other way of doing things is anathema to them. Scotland has very many fine qualities, as do many of the people who live here or who originated here, but it does absolutely no good to be blind to the fact that Scotland, even more than most of the rest of the UK, does have a bloated public sector which may [possibly] serve some kind of useful purpose in the myopic politics which Labour preaches, but is most certainly not conducive to the economic development, hence increase in well-being, of the Scottish people in the longer term.
Or, as Robert Burns said (in the final verse of his poem 'To a Louse'):
To see oursels as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An' foolish notion
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us
An' ev'n Devotion