SNP Structure Secretary Angus Robertson used his Edinburgh Night Information column this week to heap reward on bookshops. Edinburgh is a “world-class capital of literature”, dontcha know, with a “flourishing” of various retailers. Riveting. “I ought to declare that I’ve a ebook at the moment on sale, which I wrote earlier than my election as an MSP,” he added coyly within the penultimate line of the piece, which was clearly not a sly plug for his new 464-page historical past of Vienna.
VENTURING north this week, UK LibDem chief Sir Ed Davey lectured hacks on the necessity for a Scottish inquiry into the dealing with of the pandemic. “There should be… a judge-led inquiry in Scotland to a strict timetable, to take a look at a number of the Scottish dimensions,” he mentioned. “The SNP most likely don’t need an inquiry,” he then harrumphed, apparently blissfully unaware that simply such an inquiry was introduced in Scotland in August.
CRINGE of the week got here from Nicola Sturgeon as she opened her Ted discuss on local weather change with an historic gag. “I’m going to start out right this moment with a query. In different contexts, maybe a risqué query maybe – not one you’d anticipate from somebody in my place in a speak about local weather change. However it’s essential. Does dimension matter? My reply – maybe additionally surprising – is that no, it actually, actually doesn’t. And Scotland is proving that.” Whether or not her hubby, SNP boss Peter Murrell, is a part of this proof was left unsaid.
TRY telling LibDem MP Jamie Stone dimension doesn’t matter. After boundary boffins this week mentioned his already huge Caithness seat ought to be expanded, he fumed it was “stark raving bonkers”. It could be the UK’s largest and take him three hours to drive its size, he wailed. Nonetheless he omitted one of the best argument towards the change – one other 29,730 individuals might have the Bertie Woosterish Mr Stone as their furious MP.
What a banker
Ms Sturgeon added extra amusement on Tuesday when she opened the hi-tech Barclays campus in Glasgow. Slicing the ribbon along with her was rookie Scotland Workplace minister Malcolm Offord, the failed Holyrood candidate who was fast-tracked into energy through the Lords after coincidentally giving the Tories virtually £150k. Not solely did his first official go to power him to face amid a welter of Barclays indicators, reminding everybody he was a banker not a politician, he was additionally required to thank Ms Sturgeon, an precise politician and serial election winner, for doing the introduction. They break ‘em in laborious and quick on the Scotland Workplace.
BIG Malky additionally took his seat within the Lords as Baron Garvel, a nod to his house city. “I am only a native boy from Greenock who acquired a free schooling from the state, who went as much as London by mistake, and has been making an attempt to return again ever since,” as he as soon as put it. Homesickness not appears to afflict him. He has simply up to date his firm information to declare himself now a resident of England. Nonetheless, good of him to drop by.
HAS the FM’s latest forgetfulness unfold to her workers, we surprise. On Thursday, her group despatched the media a notice giving the time and place for a post-FMQs briefing. It took an hour earlier than the inevitable follow-up: “There shall be no media briefing right this moment – please settle for our apologies.” It appears somebody forgot Holyrood is in recess.