Why Jeanne Freeman is wrong

Jeanne Freeman 3 July

Yesterday’s Guardian ran an interview with Jeanne Freeman headed with the quote, ‘It’s not Scotland’s job to mitigate the worst excesses of Westminster’. While this is not the primary purpose of the Scottish Government, it remains a vital duty. We appreciate that substantial mitigation from the Scottish Government has ensured that the situation is not quite so dreadful here as in many places south of the border, but that is not enough. The ‘worst excesses of Westminster’ are destroying the lives of Scotland’s people. If the Scottish Government doesn’t step in with enough help to protect Scotland’s most vulnerable citizens, who else will? And of what use is that government? Let’s hope that Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jeanne Freeman’s successor as Cabinet Secretary for Social Security, fully understands this. She could start by looking at our petition


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