MP duped but undaunted
An MP duped by a spoof documentary feels a “fool” but is determined the incident will not detract from his serious work against illegal drugs.
Ross Thomson was at the centre of ridicule and criticism yesterday for his appearance in an episode of Channel 4’s satirical comedy Ministry of Justice.
It featured a supposed smartphone app called InstantGrammes which he was told helped educate children producing cocaine in South America.
The Aberdeen South Tory admits he should not have been taken in by the scam and must be more careful in future.
But in a column for today’s Press and Journal he also says the episode must not detract from the issue of drug abuse.
“Obviously, this all makes me feel very foolish,” he writes.
“I take my role as a Member of Parliament very seriously, and we all like to think that we would not fall victim to this type of ruse, no matter how plausible the team’s credentials appear to be.
“But I think there is a danger here of missing a more important point.
“Yes, I was taken in, but my response came from a genuine place. I care about this subject passionately.”
Scotland is “losing the battle” against drugs, he suggests, and needs to be tougher on dealers and more helpful to addicts.