BLACK DOG

Bid to hush-up ho­tel se­crets

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

IN at­tempt­ing to con­ceal the ho­tels where MPs stay when away from home, SNP West­min­ster leader An­gus Robert­son claimed the de­tails should be re­moved from the public record of ex­penses to pro­tect politi­cians from at­tacks such as the hor­rific mur­der of Jo Cox. Ap­par­ently it never oc­curred to him that the fear­less cam­paign­ing MP was at­tacked near her surgery, not in a ho­tel or at home. But Mr Robert­son would have known it was MPs’ ho­tel ex­penses that helped jour­nal­ists last year un­cover a love tri­an­gle in­volv­ing Na­tion­al­ist MPs Ste­wart Hosie and An­gus MacNeil with par­lia­men­tary jour­nal­ist Ser­ena Cowdy – which nat­u­rally they and the party would rather have kept se­cret. CAB­I­NET Min­is­ters are meant to be above bribery, but a mother thought buy­ing a favour from Fi­nance Sec­re­tary Derek Mackay would be a piece of cake when the Scot­tish cab­i­net went on tour last week. In a Pit­lochry can­teen she pre­sented him with a piece of tif­fin, shortly be­fore he and his SNP col­leagues went on stage. There the squeaky-voiced Fi­nance Sec­re­tary re­peat­edly called out a boy’s name un­til the un­for­tu­nate young­ster had to stand up in front of his snig­ger­ing friends – to learn his mother had pro­cured his hu­mil­i­a­tion.

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