I have today called on the SNP to take decisive action and change Scotland’s economy strategy following the appointment of Derek Mackay as Finance and Economy Secretary in the Scottish Government.
This follows new growth figures which confirmed that Scotland’s economy only performed half as well as the UK’s over the year.
According to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics, growth for Scotland was just 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year
That means, for the whole year, the economy grew at 0.8 per cent, compared to the UK figure of 1.6 per cent.
Construction declined again by 3.5 per cent in the first three months of the year, the ninth consecutive fall.
This is confirmation that Scotland's economy under the SNP is growing at less than half the rate of the UK economy as a whole.
That damning statistic is all on the SNP, a party which has been in charge of Scotland’s economy for more than a decade.
The impact of this is fewer jobs, less investment and lower tax receipts – all of which mean public services suffer.
The SNP cannot blame anyone else for this.
It’s not because of Brexit and not because of Westminster – it’s been caused by the actions of a short-sighted, high-tax and anti-business SNP government.
Unless the SNP change their economic strategy as soon as possible, the appointment of Derek Mackay into his new role with have little or no impact.