Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today called on the Scottish Government to get its facts right following claims made by the Energy Minister to have invested ‘in the establishment of the European Marine Energy Centre’, based in Orkney.
The claim was made in response to parliamentary questions from Mr McArthur about the steps being taken by the Scottish Government to support the energy sector in the Northern Isles.
As EMEC’s own website makes clear, the European Marine Energy Centre was in fact established in 2003 by a grouping of public sector organisations following a recommendation by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. The SNP came into power four years later, in 2007.
Mr McArthur said:
“In the past, SNP Ministers have wrongly taken credit for introducing free personal care for the elderly, brought in by the Lib Dem-Labour administration in 2002.
“Now, the Energy Minister is busy rewriting history about the establishment of EMEC. To be fair, the SNP have supported EMEC’s development over the years, but Ministers should not be so free and easy with the facts.
“This is perhaps further evidence that the longer a government is in power, the greater the risk that it starts to believe its own hype. ”