Sorry You’re So Sorry… Don’t Be Sorry

Alex Salmond, the Scottish First Minister appears to believe that his minority administration is a Government and not an Executive. Recently he was asked recently why he thought an appearance on a country-wide televised political discussion to have been more a pressing engagement than accepting a sudden offer of a personal meeting with a firm which held the fates of one thousand Scottish workers in its hands. His response was that news came through when he was already in the television studios, and the failure to make use of the short-notice offer was “nobody’s fault“.


Other cheeky admissions of failure include admitting to “not being whiter than white” when he was asked why, like Billy Bunter on an outing, he had charged £800 to his Westminster food expenses when not even appearing at the House of Commons. The raising of criticism such as of this and his wider Westminster expenses has been suppressed on the Holyrood floor on the grounds that it does not relate to that legislature.

When Paul Walsh, CEO of the Diageo group currently planning to relocate its packaging plant in Kilmarnock and grain distillery at Port Dundas in Glasgow, arranged a impromptu meeting with Jim Murphy, Secretary of Stare for Scottish on 7 July, Salmond could not thole the thought of not being present.

In a display of fine showmanship which he should be recognized for, he extracted an offer of an meeting. He initially requested an earlier time (presumably so he still could stroke his ego in front of Nick Robinson and Anita Anand), but that offer clashed with the broadcast. So, he dispatched Angus Robertson, leader of the Westminster SNP group, to represent him on what is arguably a devolved Scottish matter.

Sub-state nationalism, in my experience, invariably results in political idiocy. An added bonus is the passive aggression as displayed in these responses which states implicitly, I am such a nice person for admitting my faults and it is not very nice to be horrid to such a nice person.

Putting it simply, political discussion proggies often find themselves apologizing to their audience that a touted guest had had to cancel. Nothing should have been different here.

Fish-heid McMoonface is a wannabe high-flying politico. He is there to represent the views and needs of his constituency. He had a whole 45 minutes to cancel. Heck, Saddam Hussein was able to prepare some ordance for launch in that time.

Well, like a more slovenly Britney Spears, he has done it again. The Westminster expenses maelstrom has moved to the Celtic fringes, with the confirmation that the £14,100 costs of a fruitless attempt to impeach Tony Blair over the invasion of Iraq has been charged to Westminster expenses accounts: including those of Salmond, at £790, and the black-capped Welsh nationalists.

Like most of Scotland and Wales, they are a disgrace to Scotland and Wales. Regardless of my feelings – which are more negative than positive – over the invasion of Iraq, it was in response to the persistent flouting of binding UN resolutions by Saddam Hussein, and British involvement was approved by a Parliamentary vote of 26 March 2003. Thus, it became legal.

If elected representatives wish still to disagree it, that is part of the joys of democracy and they should be free to do so within the confines of the law and good taste. But public funds are not there for party political campaigns. Not being willing to fund it out of one’s own pocket does sort of suggest one is not entirely committed, like.

An un-named SNP spokesman has poured scorn on similar objections from Labour MSP, George Foukes, by saying “the claim was entirely legitimate and the complaint a stunt”. What, like using public funds to finance a partisan objection to a legally enshrined action?

In reporting the words of another SNP spokesman who may or may not be the same as before, the BBC article states:

But a spokesman for Mr Salmond – Scotland’s first minister – said he and other MPs involved had been “extremely proud of the action they took” and said the “vast majority” of people believed the war to be “illegal and immoral”.

This continues to miss the point spectacularly. The point is not personal opinions of a piece of Government policy: it is of using public funds to pursue what was a party political campaign.

Judging by the vituperation and dishonesty of these spokesmen, I really would not be surprised if it is one individual and the same individual who, behind a cloak of anonymity, tore into the Quilliam Foundation when it dared criticize the SNP’s selection of one-eyed trouser snake, Osama Saeed, as its PPC for Glasgow Central.

I have my suspicions that this is a named civil servant in Edinburgh. The Civil Service is not a devolved matter, and any complaints would not be under Salmond’s influence.


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One Response to “Sorry You’re So Sorry… Don’t Be Sorry”

  1. Diageo Response: Get Stuffed « A Rabbit's Eye View of the Hyperborean North Says:

    […] up in “London boardrooms” to humiliate Scotland; and Salmond suggested, in between appearances on daytime political discussion […]

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