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Shooting down the argument.

Byline: Torcuil Crichton THE HEART OF POLITICS follow @torcuil

FRUSTRATED by Tory MPs braying on in defence of grouse shooting, SNP MP Richard Arkless delivered the quote of the week.

He said: "Since I was elected to this place, economics has been used to justify dropping bombs, supplying arms, withdrawing tax credits and now killing birds.

"Does this place ever come down on the side of morality versus economics or will it always be the case that if it makes a few quid, it is OK with the Tories?" On the subject of grousing, the Scottish Government continue to whine that Highland development agency HIE still exists, despite merging the board with Scottish Enterprise.

Yes, there will be a nameplate in Inverness but that's not fooling Highland Labour MSP David Stewart who wants a Holyrood debate.

Taking the Groucho Marx approach to the Government's use of the word merger, he said: "If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. This is centralisation by any other name."

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Title Annotation:News; Opinion; Columns
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 4, 2016
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