Scotland Officer David Duguid on Politics Scotland yesterday claimed:
Well the (UK) furlough scheme has been one of the most generous schemes of its kind in the world.
Carefully worded I suppose. I can’t be certain but maybe it is more generous than those on offer in Uzbekistan, Malawi, Peru or the USA but it’s well short of those in Germany and France which will continue for two years:
Pressed by Brewer on the calls for extension of the furlough scheme, Duguid seems to be suggesting that the Scottish Government has the powers and the resources to step in, leading Brewer to say:
You’re now in the rather absurd position of the Scottish Conservatives demanding things of the SNP Government in Edinburgh which your own government in London is not prepared to do.
Duguid claims that his colleagues had not demanded an extension of the furlough scheme but, quoting Douglas Ross, Brewer determinedly, to be fair, repeats the fact that the new Scottish leader has called for ‘replication‘ of the arrangements and that what Sunak has done is not the same thing at all.
To be fair to Brewer, again, he has come some way from his hard left student days but has stopped short of becoming a Tory – Post-Blairite?