The Scottish Government was left red faced following an answer to a question about Cowal in Argyll and Bute, in which they praised a ferry service almost 4 hours away in the Highlands.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron lodged a question which mentioned the Cowal Fixed Link Working Group, and asked to ascertain the SNP Government’s position on whether or not it would support a proposal to “connect South Argyll & Bute to the Scottish Central Belt by either rail and/or road utilising one or more fixed links (tunnels, bridges)”.
Responding, the Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, dodged the question, and instead praised a ferry service which serves residents in Lochaber, which is almost a 4 hours’ drive away from Cowal’s most southern point.
Donald Cameron MSP said:
“It is incredibly embarrassing that the Minister responsible for Scotland’s transport network doesn’t even know which ferry service currently operates along the Cowal peninsula.
It speaks volumes that the SNP Government chose to completely avoid the question in hand but then went on to talk about a ferry service which does not even serve Argyll and Bute.
We all know that the SNP care little for rural Scotland, but I would suggest that the Minister gets a map out first before he answers such questions in the future.”