Thursday, 5 June 2008

A Muddle Not A Fiddle.

"A senior Labour MSP has been given a slap on the wrist after failing to declare hospitality he received from the fast food chain McDonald's. Andy Kerr missed the deadline for placing details of a community football event, sponsored by the company in his register of interests. But Holyrood's Standards Committee agreed the error was an oversight and not intended."

He attended the event last August a few months after he relinquished the role of Health Minister in the Scottish Executive. Would he have attended a McDonald's event in that capacity? And what possible additional knowledge and insight did he gain as an MSP from attending a football event with McDonald's in London? Other than it being a jolly of course ...

Is ignorance of the rules ever an excuse? If it is perhaps our politicians should give others the latitude they seem to want for themselves.

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