ScotGov, Humza and Nicola

I heard from a friend of mine over the weekend who works as a civil servant in the Scottish Government.

Apparently, I can expect my complaint about Humza Yousaf to be blown off because the standard response to objections of this kind is that this involves a personal Twitter account.

In other words Humza's idiotic behaviour nothing to do with the Scottish Government.

If so, I'll be astonished because Humza Yousaf promotes his profile on Twitter by drawing attention to his role as Scotland's Justice Minister.

Not only that because Humza's attack on fellow MSPs was done during normal working hours (ie his employer's time) and presumably it is very easy to check if he used a mobile phone, or some other device, provided for him to use while at work by the Scottish Government.

So I remain optimistic until I'm proved wrong - and let's hope I hear something soon.

In the meantime, I plan to share this post with the various MSPs involved.


Total Lack Of Respect, Humza (3) (06/03/21)

In my view it's crystal clear Humza Yousaf broke the Ministerial Code with his crass behaviour on social media.

But politicians do have a tendency to close ranks around each other and in case anyone might be tempted to fob me off with the lame excuse that this was personal or private SNP business, I decided to reinforce my complaint to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.   

I do hope to receive a candid response because I there is no doubt that this kind of partisan, unprofessional and very disappointing behaviour brings the Scottish Government into disrepute.  

Dear First Minister 

Scottish Government Justice Secretary - Humza Yousaf

I refer to my earlier letter regarding the social media comments of the Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf.

I recognise these messages are from a personal Twitter account, but you should also be aware that Mr Yousaf promotes this account by describing himself as:

"Scotland's Justice Minister and Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Pollok."

I do not, therefore, accept that this is a purely personal matter and given the nature of the comments I am sure you appreciate the fact that Ministers have a duty to conduct themselves properly at all times, including in their private lives. 

I would also like to add that Humza Yousaf's comments were made during normal working hours when it would be reasonable to expect Scotland's Justice Secretary to be doing his day job instead of behaving immaturely and attacking fellow MSPs on social media.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards

Mark Irvine


Total Lack of Respect, Humza! (2) (04/03/21)

Dear First Minister 

Scottish Government Justice Secretary - Humza Yousaf

I wish to make a formal complaint about the Scottish Government's Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, who spent a lot of his time yesterday attacking fellow MSPs on Twitter while they were questioning witnesses giving crucial evidence to the Holyrood Inquiry.

In my view Mr Yousaf's behaviour represents a total lack of respect towards the Scottish Parliament as well as a flagrant breach of the Ministerial Code, an extract of which is reproduced below for easy reference.

Ministerial Conduct
1.2. Ministers should be professional in all their dealings and treat all those with whom they come into contact with consideration and respect. Working relationships, including with civil servants, Ministerial and Parliamentary colleagues and Parliamentary staff should be proper and appropriate. Harassing, bullying or other inappropriate or discriminating behaviour, wherever it takes place, is not consistent with the Ministerial Code and will not be tolerated. 

Given the short time before the Scottish Parliament is suspended for the forthcoming election, can you assure me that this matter will receive your government's urgent attention?

I am happy to discuss my complaint further if you decide to refer this matter to the independent advisers on the Ministerial Code and can be contacted on the following mobile phone number - 07XXX XXXXXX.

Kind regards

Mark Irvine 


Total Lack of Respect, Humza! (1) (04/03/21)

Humza Yousaf is paid an extra £48,449 a year to act as Scotland's justice secretary taking his total salary to £112,919.

Yesterday Humza spent lots of time publicly attacking fellow MSPs on Twitter as they questioned witnesses giving crucial evidence to the Holyrood Inquiry.   

So why are we paying this man to behave in such an idiotic way from the public purse?

And how is the Scottish Government going to deal with such a blatant show of stupidity and disrespect to the Scottish Parliament.  

The blurring of lines between what is legitimate government business and what is patently not has got the SNP into a terrible mess of late.

But the justice secretary Humza Yousaf seems not to have got the memo. 



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