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We need to see this talk put into action; RECORD VIEW.

NICOLA Sturgeon's focus on boosting Scotland's economy is welcome.

In a wide-ranging Programme for Government, the First Minister said it is her immediate priority.

A cynic would say there are lots of reasons why this focus could have come much earlier.

But the latest plan to underwrite PS500million in loans to businesses with high growth potential is an interesting step.

The Scottish Growth Scheme targets the places where the need is greatest - small businesses with the potential to thrive.

They're the enterprises that help keep the economy ticking over and people in jobs.

Sturgeon added the policy to her growing list of "priorities" with education, health and all the other areas of devolved responsibility.

And that's where sceptics can point out the sluggish progress on many of the areas that matter to ordinary Scots.

But while Sturgeon talked of ambitions for the NHS, official figures were revealing how key targets are being missed.

One of Sturgeon's ministers admitted that waiting times for children with mental health problems are not good enough.

And yet again, independence fogged yesterday's legislative programme.

At face value, Sturgeon's promises on the economy and strategy to cope with Brexit show imagination.

But like many political promises, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating.

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Date:Sep 7, 2016
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