Pledges during General Election campaign should be taken with pinch of salt

Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak
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With a general election just weeks away politicians are making big pledges on a whole range of issues.

But manifesto pledges are too often made one month and swiftly forgotten the next. All of the major parties have in the past been guilty of overpromising and underdelivering.

For Scots living in the north of the country, there is one policy in particular that sticks in the craw.

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The A9 is the spine that connects Scotland. But as many drivers know only too well, it can be a nightmare to navigate. Large sections of it remain single carriageway.

Given the high volume of lorries that use the road, drivers can be stuck in tailbacks stretching miles. Overtaking can be dangerous and in some cases fatal.

The SNP first pledged to dual the A9 in 2007, the year it took power at Holyrood. A commitment was given to complete the work in 2025. But the dualling remains a long way off.

Nicola Sturgeon was called to give evidence yesterday at Holyrood on why it’s taken so long.

She blamed a range of circumstances beyond the government’s control. And she insisted the 2025 deadline was made in good faith.

That may be the case but voters are right to scoff at such excuses. If there is no firm and deliverable plan to make something happen – it shouldn’t be promised. The next month will see us flooded with promises to deliver all sorts of lovely stuff – from better services and fairer taxes to greener energy and lower bills.

But will it all happen? That is the key question.

Beware of the dog-buying risks

Buying a puppy should be a joyful time for any family. But too often the delight of bringing a new pet home is tarnished thanks to unscrupulous breeders selling sick animals. One family have spoken out in the Daily Record today to highlight the dangers.

They bought a pup for £500 after answering an online advert. But they failed to carry out the basic checks required to make sure the pup was healthy and from a registered breeder.

Wee Luna tragically passed away after falling ill, leaving the family devastated. If you or anyone you know is planning to buy a puppy please read the story and take heed.

The Scottish SPCA has a full checklist you should go through when buying a dog – and taking its advice could save a great deal of heartache.

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