“The SNP members today had a chance to stand up for their communities, but instead took the cowardly way out to ensure they didn’t upset Alex Salmond.
“This is a damaging decision, and one that we will soon see is a mistake.
“Courts already over-burdened with work will have to take on even more cases, and that will risk lengthy delays to sensitive and significant cases.
“Witnesses and victims who find themselves involved in the justice system through no fault of their own will also be inconvenienced by longer and more awkward journeys.
“This decision proves the Scottish Government isn’t serious about crime, and is yet more evidence of its soft-touch agenda.”
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