Ruth has at last noticed that some of her MSPs are not ‘up-to-scratch’ and wants to replace them with higher calibre candidates for the next election. She’ll have a hard time finding any. We don’t need to go near the accusations of paedophilia levelled against several senior UK Tories to realise this is a party which has always had a flexible view of morality. It attracts the wrong sort for any decent democracy.
You’ve probably heard of the most recent case where MSP Finlay Carson, spokesman on the digital economy, paid his own company, co-run by his brother, a four-figure sum to build his website using a ‘free-to-use’ content management system. He then claimed the costs as expenses.
Before the last Holyrood election, I posted a list of some of reasons Ruth must have been aware before then to enable her to avoid some of these ‘people’:
Donald Gatt elected to Keith and Cullen stood for UKIP before and commenting on free meals for P1 pupils, is reported to have said that those who cannot afford to feed their children should use a contraceptive.
Neil Graham, a Paisley councillor, had his contact details on a leaked BNP database. I downloaded that myself at the time and found a near neighbour on it!
Ian James, for Strathtay, was reported to have praised a speech by UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe and bemoaned the lack of characters like Enoch Powell in the tory Pary leadership campaign.
Most pathetic was Fife teacher Kathleen Leslie (above) who described Nicola Sturgeon as a “drooling hag”, a “wee fish wife” and a “walking horror show”. This is a teacher, a role model for young people, who teaches what…..English? Is she that braw hereself
Ken MacBrayne for Benbecula and North Uist, Roxana Iancu for Glasgow and George McIntyre for midlothian were caught in time and dropped, after anti-Muslim rants by them were allegedly identified.
Finally, David Wilson of Inverclyde was reported to have asked gay people to out themselves during a public meeting during which a donation to an LGBT group had been moved.
There have been more cases since including, recently, Millionaire Alexander Burnett threatened with the loss of parliamentary privileges for tabling questions designed to help his own business interests.
Here are links to more of the evidence: