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TOMMY SHERIDAN: PARLY WORLD MAD AS MARCHHARE.

Byline: TOMMY SHERIDAN

IT was like Alice in Wonderland inside the Parliament debating chamber last Wednesday.

New Labour and their Liberal puppets proposed the effective privatisation of the publicly-owned Ferry company, Caledonian MacBrayne.

They provide lifeline services and transport to the thousands of Scots who live and work in our island communities.

The Lib-Lab lackeys tried hiding behind European legislation to justify the privatisation and the consequent threat to jobs, services and conditions.

If the European Union demands the privatisation of such a valuable lifeline public service, we should tell the EU to get on their bike.

Incredibly, with Tory support, the Parliament voted by only 54-53 to reject the sell-off.

Tories voted to defend an essential public service, while most Labour MSPs and all the Liberals voted for privatisation.

Fourteen Labour members abstained.

Tories against. Labour for or abstain! Lewis Carroll could have easily written the script.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2004
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