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Swinney

John (Ramsay). born 1964, Scottish politician; leader of the Scottish National Party (2000--04)
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William Crawford wrote: "It's just a pity that Holyrood voted for the tests to be scrapped - and honest John Swinney just ignored them." Douglas Walker added: "'Gross distortion of the truth' is something arrogant John Swinney is very good at."
The race to replace Tavish Scott as Scotland's most northerly MSP has been heating up, with Mr Swinney following Nicola Sturgeon to the islands to lend support to SNP candidate Tom Wills.
In the first programme of public engagements in his new role, Mr Swinney will speak to young people at all stages of Curriculum for Excellence and beyond, and host a roundtable with teachers to find out directly the issues they are facing.
"I love engaging with others and cannot wait to help people find the home of their dreams," Swinney said.
As expected, Mr Swinney signalled an end to the two-year public sector pay freeze for most workers, although those earning the highest wages will not see any increase.
But yesterday Swinney insisted unionists' promise of more economic powers for Scotland is boosting the SNP's case for the country going it alone.
Mr Swinney refused to give details of spending plans, but said protecting frontline services, such as schools and hospitals, and helping Scotland recover from the recession were his priorities.
Swinney stole pounds 600 she had saved up for Christmas then staged a break-in in a bid to shift the blame.
And furious Swinney has made a pact to snub Salmond's pal Nicola Sturgeon's bid to replace him.
This program--the first to analyze patterns in granular materials moving in three dimensions, Swinney says--led to a technique simple enough to be run on a desktop computer.
Swinney insists most alterations to running education will be brought about by a "collaborative approach" with schools and councils - but it is a climbdown.
The agreement was announced and reworked the ties with Swinney through 2021.