Scotland's democracy is much 'chummier' than other parts of the UK with a family franchise dominating both the Scottish Government and the SNP as the party of government - in fact you could say it's a real family affair.
Which just goes to show that Scotland really is exceptional because just imagine the hoots of derision if Boris and Carrie were a Mr & Mrs double act for the Tories at Westminster?
Nicola Sturgeon (FM and SNP Leader) and Peter Murrell
So here's the issue - two Glasgow MSPs (Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf) have been asked a reasonable question about their use of public money to employ two SNP councillors who already have full-time, salaried jobs as senior elected members of Glasgow City Council. But these two public servants (both long-serving ministers) refuse to answer, so what to do next? One regular reader suggests raising the matter on the floor of the Scottish Parliament which is a good idea, but requires an MSP who's prepared to put down a written question for Scottish Ministers to answer. So here's a list of activities which will help shine a light on what has been going on because as Lord Nolan once said apropos driving up standards in public life - 'daylight is the best disinfectant'. Write to the leader of Glasgow City Council Write to the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council Write to all elected members in Glasgow City Council Write to the party leaders in Glasgow City Council W
Nicola Sturgeon's is gaining a reputation as a nasty bully after her angry response to Ash Regan's resignation over the Scottish Government's support for legislation which will allow men to declare themselves to be women. The Sunday Times reports on the ugly spin operation that's been underway since Ash Regan decided to stand up for the views of her constituents by opposing Sturgeon's barmy Self-ID bill. Team Sturgeon is well versed in the black arts of spin of course - someone within her inner circle deliberately leaked the highly confidential internal report into allegations of harassment against Alex Salmond to the Daily Record, but the leaker has never been found. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/out-of-touch-first-minister-blindsided-by-the-rebel-msps-t63bqtp60 Out-of-touch first minister blindsided by the rebel MSPs By John Boothman - The Sunday Times It has long been a complaint of some SNP MSPs that Nicola Sturgeon does not turn up for internal group m