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May 17, 2012

Nic Prigg's Blog

One of my regional MSPs, Joan McAlpine was ordered to apologise to Parliament today after showing discourtesy to parliament.

The parliamentary aide to the First Minister missed her opportunity to question ministers on cases due to osteoarthritis and its impact on the NHS because of a dinner date with Big Eck.

I understand that McAlpine had smoked venison and I really hope it was worth letting down her constituents for.

As a Doctor’s daughter, her question was an important one in holding ministers to account.

Whilst she has since apologised to parliament for allowing time to run away from her whilst lunching with the First Minister, my fellow South of Scotland constituents and I sent her to the Scottish Parliament to represent us and to question ministers on our behalf. Therefore by not turning up to parliament she is not only showing discourtesy to the Scottish Parliament, she is failing…

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