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I'm going to devote today's blog to independence and to the political journey we will be taking over the next two years.
The debate we will have in the run-up to the referendum must be open and honest and it must be about more than party politics.
Fundamentally I believe it is about how we can build a thriving, sustainable economy that benefits the many, not the few. There are, of course, different views about how to achieve that and I welcome every constructive contribution to that debate.
ONE of the most fundamental duties of government is to keep people safe. Crime - and the fear of crime - can have a devastating consequence, not only on individuals and families but on whole communities.
As a constituency MSP I am very aware of how important it is that people feel safe going about their daily business or in their homes. As a member of the Scottish Government I am proud that we have resisted the temptation to cut policing in order to save cash.
Instead, we have protected police numbers - and will continue to protect them - to maintain the visible police presence on our streets that deters criminals and provides reassurance, particularly to our most vulnerable citizens.
THIS week Johann Lamont made a speech that got the whole country talking, though for all the wrong reasons.
In it, she suggested that Scotland has turned into a "something for nothing" country. She argued that we may have to cut universal public services like free personal & nursing care and free bus passes for pensioners.
She also argued that we ought to think about charging students tuition fees and charging sick people for prescriptions.
LISTENING to a news report the other week about school pupils waiting to get their exam results brought back memories of anxiously waiting for that brown envelope to drop through the door - and then steeling myself to actually open the envelope and read my results!
Of course pupils can opt to get their results by text or email these days but I'm sure it is just as nerve-wracking as waiting for the postman to arrive.
HOLLYBROOK Academy is a secondary school for pupils with additional support needs in my constituency.
It's a great wee school with a very strong ethos. Both the Pupil Council and the Parent Council are very active and proud of the school and its achievements.
The school was built in 1971 and is now looking pretty dilapidated, with flakey, grimy walls and a generally down at heel look. It has not received an exterior upgrade since it was built.
IT'S been a busy few weeks since my last blog for the Glaswegian, with the local council elections, the passing of the Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill in the Scottish Parliament and the launch of the Yes Scotland campaign last Friday.
It's also been pretty hectic locally with the fantastic Southside Festival last weekend (I think the West End Festival should be seriously worried about the competition), and both the Govan Fair and Gorbals Fair this weekend.
YESTERDAY saw the launch of the SNP's manifesto for the council elections in Glasgow.
I'm very proud of our manifesto - proud of the way it was developed and proud of the fact that every single word was written here in Glasgow by our councillors, our candidates and our members.
LAST weekend saw the SNP Conference taking place at Glasgow's SECC.
It was a great weekend, attended by upwards of 2000 people bringing a welcome spending boost to the city centre.
There's no doubt the SNP is geared up for the forthcoming local elections, especially here in Glasgow where we are hoping to become the administration after May 3rd.
It's going to be a very closely-fought election but I am very optimistic about our chances.