Tuesday, 3 June 2008

The Truth Hurts.

And from Drumlanrig again, "There's nothing like telling it like it really is. So hats off to Environment Minister Mike Russell, who'd had enough of parliamentary niceties in a debate at Holyrood last week. The normally good-tempered Russell opened his speech with the words: "I find myself in some difficulty, because the opening sentences of my speaking notes say: 'This has been a very valuable and useful debate. I welcome the contributions and views that have been expressed.'" He went on: "I publicly dissociate myself from that opinion. This has not been a 'valuable and useful debate'. It is of some significance that not one member has declared an interest – because there has been no interest in the debate. Outside the chamber, there will be no interest in the debate. By insisting on holding this debate, (Liberal Democrat MSP] Robert Brown has succeeded in wasting everybody's time." Asked to take an intervention by an angry Labour MSP, he said: "No, I will not give way. My intention is just to get through this. I just want to get through it and go home." An honest politician? Wonders will never cease."

This honesty thing could catch on. No ... it won't.

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