So, this is the new cabinet, with junior ministers to be announced tomorrow.
Personally, I’m sorry to see Shona Robison, my own MSP and a friend, go, but having read her letter of resignation, I can understand why she made the choice to resign. Shona has had a hard year with the death of both her parents and a personal health scare to cope with. She is in a new relationship now and I wish her every happiness. I hope she’ll continue to be our MSP because she’s a damned good one.
Britain spends less than most of Europe on its health services, below the EU average, and way below countries like France and Germany, but for all that, Shona has managed to make NHSS the best of the four UK services. Jeane Freeman has big boots to fill, but her first-rate setting up of Social Security Scotland makes me sure we will be in safe hands.
Jackson Carlaw put out a generous and courteous tweet:
@ShonaRobison for many years & appreciated her genuine concern for the NHS. A hugely challenging brief & while @ScotTories did not call for her to go, now is the time for fresh leadership & thinking. On a personal level, I wish her well & thank her for her courtesy.
Anas Sarwar, on the other hand, not only made a bit of a mess of the grammar but was left looking rather petty and silly by comparison:
A personal congratulations to Humza, too. I remember Munguin, he and I met on the Edinburgh March in 2012. He was busy, but he took time to meet with Munguin and have a photograph taken with him (which I have subsequently managed to mislay). He may have uttered a few words to me as well!
He’s done a great job with transport… again, Scottish trains, poor by EU standards, are the best in the UK. It is gratifying to see his promotion to Justice Secretary.
Some comments on Sarwar’s tweet…
Anas, my husband is a hospital consultant and has been for decades. He is clear that under
@SNP @ShonaRobison the NHS has never been better. He swears that under @scottishlabour it was an utter shambles. So suggest you get help for your verbal diarrhoea (LMR)
Just spoke to a Senior Specialist Nurse in the NHS and I quote: “.
@AnasSarwar needs to stop playing political football with the NHS. He’s just shown why Labour aren’t fit to govern” (Colin Alexander Storrier)
I work in the NHS in Glasgow. I have friends and relatives in Wales and England and I can tell you that the service we have up here in Scotland is miles ahead of what they have elsewhere. (Purple Monkey)
Factually incorrect and seriously lacking class. I give you Anas Sarwar, who luckily is destined never to be in charge of anything. (ميور 🏴 @muirtsmith )
Delete this, you poor excuse for a human being and public servant. Once you’ve deleted this, delete your account you quilt. The legacy of Ms Robison is the best NHS in UK and that really sticks in your craw! Now, sling your hook! (Davidlikesguys)
Well if failure is the best performing Health service in the U.K What the hell would you call what’s going on in
#Wales And as far as funding goes It’s Central government to blame in #Wales but the SNP’s fault in Scotland? How would you square that? (Lez)
And there are many many more…