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BEST VALUE PROFILE: DAVID ALEXANDER

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Profile of David Alexander, COSLA's best value spokesman ...
Profile of David Alexander, COSLA's best value spokesman

How has best value been received in Scotland?

The lack of a clear definition of what best value actually means has resulted in people placing their own interpretations on its meaning. COSLA is seeking to move the best value programme onto a platform that emphasises the need for constant improvement of public services rather than any crude financial targets.

With which historical figure do you most identify?

Keir Hardie, the founder member of the Scottish Labour Party. That may seem strange from a member of the Scottish National Party but the modern SNP is more in line with the aims of Mr Hardie than New Labour.

Who in the private sector offers real best value?

I don't believe the private sector can offer best value in service provision as its priority is to be profitable.

What keeps you awake at night?

I would love to say Sharon Stone but very little keeps me awake, though the future of Falkirk Football Club comes close.

Who would you like to go out for a drink with and why?

The guy that has£7m spare to invest in a new stadium for Falkirk FC. He could afford the drink and I am sure I could convince him a community based football club like Falkirk was a viable option.

Do you have a secret talent?

Apart from getting free drink and large sums of money out of rich businessmen? No I have no hidden talents whatsoever.

If you were a sportsman, who would you be?

I would like to be Scotland midfielder Don Hutchison, mean, moody and the scorer of the winner for Scotland at Wembley. But I am more likely to be a British tennis player.

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