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September 2, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

MSPs are busy debating the Scottish Government’s latest Programme for Government, which sets out what the SNP administration aims to achieve in 2015/16.

Education has bagged most of the headlines, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing a new system of national testing for Scotland’s primary schools.

The nationalists first came to power – in the form a minority government – more than eight years ago.

Surely that’s plenty of time to have made good on all the promises the party made to voters before the 2007 Scottish Parliament election? Not quite everything.

While a range of targets, including delivering 1,000 more police officers and 30,000 affordable homes, have been achieved, the SNP has failed to meet several of its key historic pledges.

02 sturgeon g FactCheck: what has the SNP failed to deliver?

Education

The SNP’s 2007 manifesto contained commitments to cut class sizes and maintain teacher numbers – promises long since abandoned.

The number of school-based teachers in Scotland has actually fallen year-on-year since 2007: (more…)

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August 27, 2015 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Record levels of net migration are “deeply disappointing”, the government says. Nigel Farage thinks the real figures could be even higher. Is he right?

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August 26, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Which Labour leadership candidate would print money? Who wants to build 2 million houses? Who thinks George Osborne might be right about running a surplus?

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August 4, 2015 1 Comment By c4-network-admin

The government has sold a 5.2 per cent stake in RBS for 330p a share – £2.1bn. But was it a billion pound loss or an astute financial decision in an uncertain market?

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July 22, 2015 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Lawyers say the government is destroying the legal aid system. Ministers say our system is one of the most expensive in the world. Who’s right?

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July 21, 2015 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Female genital mutilation could affect women in every part of England and Wales, according to a new study. What’s behind the numbers?

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July 16, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government says it wants most hospital doctors on seven-day contracts by the end of this parliament, claiming thousands of patients are dying unnecessarily thanks to lack of weekend cover. The

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July 13, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

George Osborne surprised many by announcing that Britain will meet its Nato defence spending commitments. Is it too good to be true?

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July 9, 2015 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A 24-hour walkout by unions has closed London Underground, bringing gridlock to the capital. Each side is blaming the other for failing to reach a deal on pay and conditions. So what are the

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July 8, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A “lower-welfare, lower tax” budget, said the Chancellor. As usual, the small print didn’t quite match the rhetoric…

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