Sunday, 18 May 2008
LABOUR HYPOCRISY AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF FERRY FAILURE
For immediate use
Sunday 18th May 2008
SNP Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson, who is also a member of the Scottish Parliament’s inquiry into Ferry Services, has called on Labour to stop playing petty politics with Scotland’s vital lifeline ferry services.
Mr Gibson’s comments come after Labour attacked the SNP’s groundbreaking pilot of Road Equivalent Tariff based fares for islands in the Western Isles and some of the Argyll islands.
Mr Gibson said:
“The Labour party had eight years in Government to reduce ferry fares, to improve services and to deliver sustainable economic growth to Scotland islands.
“Instead we saw eight years of uncertainty as millions were spent on splitting up Caledonian MacBrayne and wasted on disastrous tendering of services to the Northern Isles.
“All Scotland has to show for Labour’s time in charge of our ferry services is a European Commission inquiry.
“With new boats, improvements to harbours and the pilot of RET the SNP is
delivering on our promise to support communities on all islands.”