Scots Make Hae. Revisited
It was JM Barrie who said 'There are few more impressive sights in the world than a Scotsman on the make'
and he was not, one assumes, referring to the outgoing Speaker. Less impressive to the objective observer is a smug Scot, and a smug slug Scot like Alec Salmond also takes some stomaching. Smugness has been rampant as Westminster MPs are lectured by their Alba cousins on how much cleaner the MSPs are than the parliamentarians down south And how much better the parliamentary expenses system is up here and not open to abuse. To judge how justified this feeling of self satisfaction should be you should now read the latest edition of the Scottish Review here
And we all in these parts vividly remember the Laird's, when a MSP, misadventures over his family flat.
Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet was obviously prescient in this passage about our parliamentary system:
"I am hurt.
A plague o' both your houses! I am sped.
Is he gone, and hath nothing?"
Both your houses? Westminster and Holyrood?
Or the one you can claim on?
And the one you shouldn't?
And who has gone and hath nothing?
What's the name of the Speaker, again?
Labels: JM Barrie, MSPs, Scotsmen on the make