Speaking today in Inverness at the start of the SNP conference Alex Salmond tried to do a Gordon Brown and list some achievements. Here is what he said, in brackets is what he missed out.
"Today, I am proud to be addressing you as First Minister on behalf of a successful and popular SNP administration – delivering for the people of Scotland.
"Scotland is a great nation, and is even better with the policies we have already introduced in our first two years – freezing the Council Tax (but he promised to Axe it and replace with a Local Income Tax)), recruiting 1,000 more police (the actual promise was for 1,000 extra on the street, not yet achieved), saving A&E units, restoring free education (they actually promised to dump student debt and have yet to tackle that), and moving quickly in the downturn to implement an economic recovery plan that is protecting 15,000 jobs."
"Admittedly the last point was trying to claim credit for dealing with the unexpected, however 8,500 construction jobs have been lost in Scotland this year may have something to do with the failure to match school building pledges brick for brick. Only schools started by the last administration or through Local authority funding have been completed, none have been started as a result of Parliament funding as promised. Unemployment has also more than doubled in Scotland's rural areas. 700 jobs went at Diageo's bottling plant in Motherwell due to SNP bickering. 700 jobs at the Royal Bank of Scotland, 500 more through Lloyds subsiduaries, 300 redundacnies at Scottish Universities, 850 at Hewlett Packard in Erskine. Even Skills Development Scotland an initiative that should be helping those out of work get back to work laid off 160.
Here in West Lothian 500 jobs are going at Bausch and Lomb’s plant in Livingston due to the SNP's failure to maintain the areas Regional Selective Assistance status. 58 went with the closure of the SEH Europe plant in Livingston, 60 at Russell Europe's distribution plant in Bathgate, HBoS cut many jobs from its IT base in Livingston, 140 Jobs at Sun Microsystems in Linlithgow.
Now I've not been keeping count and I could go on, but I reckon I'm pretty sure I'm over 15,000 right there, all with in the last 12 months or so.