Sturgeon ally squirms as fishermen grill SNP finance chief over Green Party infiltration

SNP's Kate Forbes grilled over salmon farming in Scotland

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SNP Economy and Finance minister Kate Forbes was left stumbling her answers after a grilling while on Good Morning Scotland. GMS host Gary Robertson insisted Scottish salmon fishermen were worried about the Green’s impact on Government policy. Mr Robertson noted the fishermen were worried the Green Party could have too much influence and put pressure on businesses that would result in job losses.

Mr Robertson said: “We are hearing this morning that Salmon farmers are concerned about what they say will be the catastrophic effect of Green Party involvement in Government.

“They are worried that rural industries could actually see job losses if Greens hold a balance of power in Government.

“Should they be concerned?”

Ms Forbes insisted she was well aware of the difficulties that Scottish rural communities face.

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She replied: “Well, I represent a rural constituency, whether you are talking about salmon farming or the rural economy.

“I would say that most, if not all, are in my constituency so I am acutely conscious of the importance of our rural economy and the importance of these very rural jobs in very remote areas.

“We are continuing to explore with the Green Party, those opportunities for cooperation.

“Quite clearly we need to change the dynamic of our politics.”

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The Good Morning Scotland host interrupted to question again whether the SNP were concerned about whether the Green Party has so much influence.

While stuttering, Ms Forbes answered: “We are still the Government but we have outlined a number of areas we are going to be focussing on.

“Things like the recovery from Covid, the climate emergency, the constitution, infrastructure etc.”

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The host interrupted again to say:” The Greens want to reduce environmental damage and work harder on that.”

Ms Forbes said: “I think we can all agree that we need to work harder.

“But we will be quite clear when it comes to these talks and there are some areas where we can cooperate on and the Greens can accept this as well.

“There will be some areas where this is more difficult.”

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