Wednesday, 24 September 2008


Very strange article in Monday's Scotsman about the latest acronym to grace the Scottish politicial scene ... PATSIES. Yes. That's right. PATSIES ...

"THIS week MSPs will be considering a motion by Keith Brown, the Nationalist MSP, into the welfare of veterans across Scotland. While the former Royal Marine's motion is about veterans of the military variety, some of the more grey-tinged MSPs might reflect that political veterans need some protection too.Holyrood may not immediately be associated with 1980s Yuppie culture, especially after the roasting they gave financial speculators in the aftermath of the HBOS disaster. But the Scottish Parliament has its own form of Yuppies, probably better termed Patsies (politically ambitious twenty somethings) who form the backbone of research and media staff employed by MSPs."

An alternative view might be offered by the online dictionary Mr Smith consulted.

"patsies –noun, plural -sies. Slang.
1. a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.
2. a person upon whom the blame for something falls; scapegoat; fall guy.
3. a person who is the object of a joke, ridicule, or the like."

Which one is it? You decide.

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