Tod­dler pol­i­tics in the Cham­ber

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - The Agent Boot File -

WHILE Jo Swin­son’s baby son Gabriel seemed happy to tol­er­ate the Lib Dem East Dun­bar­ton­shire MP sit­ting in the House of Com­mons dur­ing his feed last week, Na­tion­al­ist MP Ali­son Thewliss’s daugh­ter Kirstie was less ac­com­mo­dat­ing. The Na­tion­al­ist MP for Glas­gow Cen­tral posted pic­tures of her de­ter­mined child drag­ging her away from the Cham­ber on an ear­lier oc­ca­sion as she was try­ing to vote – perhaps in a bid to save her mother from her­self? Miss Swin­son sym­pa­thised, tweet­ing: ‘Love it! It’s that au­then­tic tod­dler un­con­trol­la­bil­ity.’ Not to be con­fused, of course, with the au­then­tic un­con­trol­la­bil­ity of our politi­cians.

AS a Lib Dem spinner, he got the party’s Scot­tish leader Wil­lie Ren­nie to wres­tle with a ram­bunc­tious ram, slide down a soft play slide and do a live TV in­ter­view in front of some rather amorous pigs. Tim Hus­tler then found him­self a new job with the Macmil­lan can­cer char­ity, but last week he was back at Holy­rood, get­ting MSPs to pose with gi­ant card­board cut-outs of cups of cof­fee. Does any­one still be­lieve there’s a se­ri­ous side to pol­i­tics?

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