Thursday, 3 September 2009

Parliamentary Parades

The parliamentary term is a long and winding road, an epic adventure that leaves our steely MSP warriors bruised and broken when recess finally comes around. They look out on that new daunting journey this week as the legislative programme is unfolded, as the first joust of FMQs gets going and as Crap Holyrood Chat enjoys its latest relaunch (it's like Kylie Minogue's career here, mercifully without the gold hotpants).

Anyway, with this odyssey in mind, what better motion to kick off some Holyrood Chat with than this one on marches and parades....

S3W-26912 - Bill Butler (Glasgow Anniesland) (Lab) (Date Lodged Thursday, September 03, 2009): To ask the Scottish Executive how many marches and parades were held in 2008, broken down by local authority area.

I am sure Bill has his reasons but really, why would anyone need this information?

Anyway, hopefully CHC will enjoy this parliamentary parade with Mr Butler and his 128 colleagues right up to recess 2010.

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Quote of the Decade

This cannot be topped until after 2019 surely?

"Alex Salmond does not have any mandate in any way from the Scottish people"

Mike Rumbles

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A Blast from the Past - Taking it Literally

I have been meaning to do this for ages, but Jeffs rallying call inspired me to revisit it.

A paltry 6 months ago, WWF (the panda lovers, not the wrestlers) held an earth hour which meant that people, if they cared about our dear circle of a world, were to turn off all their lights (and electricity if they were really committed).

The fact that this occurred during a vital world cup qualifier between Scotland and Holland did not deter dozens of MSPs from signing their support. Sadly for them, the crafty people at the WWF took their names and added them to a list of organisations and people who had effectively signed up to earth hour. The question is, how many of those MSPs can honestly say that between 8.30 and 9.30 on the 28th March they switched off their lights? We would be angry if mentioned business shut as Whyte and Mackay and Scottish Power Reneged on their green credentials, so step forward those listed MSPs (for some reason blogger will not let me paste - but they include Wendy Alexander, Rebel Malcolm Chisolm, Blogger Jamie Hepburn, Signing Sensation Stuart McMillan, and Sleepy Sir Jamie Mcgrigor) and tell us - were you really in the dark on that fateful night, or did you just lie as the Tabloids would lead us to believe you do every day?