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Monday 12 March 2007

SNP Salmond promises smaller government for Scotland ... or does he?

SNP Leader Alex Salmond says that a Scottish Executive controlled by his Party would cut the number of Scottish Executive departments by a third and appoint 16 Ministers. Sounds good - I'm all for smaller government.

But what exactly does he mean? Will this involve a real reduction in the number of civil servants who administer the country on behalf of the Scottish Executive (and we voters), or will it simply mean that the same number of civil servants will report to a smaller number of political appointees. In other words, is Mr Salmond proposing a real reduction in government and the scope of its activities, which I would welcome whole-heartedly, or simply a re-organisation albeit with some savings in a few salaries of Ministers? I'd love to know.

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