Could Paul be Game for Mas­ter­mind?

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

IF a Mas­ter­mind mem­ory is an as­set when mas­ter­ing a brief, per­haps Jeremy Cor­byn should re­cruit Paul Sweeney to his Shadow Cabi­net. But if he is look­ing for an en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of post­war Labour lead­ers or the life of Karl Marx, he will be dis­ap­pointed by the Glas­gow North East MP’s spe­cial­ist sub­ject – the BBC Scot­land com­edy Still Game, fea­tur­ing busy­body Isa, pic­tured. ‘I’ve pretty much mem­o­rised all the scripts,’ says Mr Sweeney, who boasts his knowl­edge is ‘in­cred­i­bly in-depth… like what colour are Isa’s cur­tains in the third episode of the sec­ond se­ries’. That could nor­mally mean cur­tains for any min­is­te­rial ca­reer – ex­cept, per­haps, as a fu­ture Labour Cul­ture Sec­re­tary.

AMONG Scot­tish En­ter­prise’s more un­wise in­vest­ments was the £635,000 it put into the photo-shar­ing web­site Blip­foto. Ac­counts re­veal the money was writ­ten off as Blip­foto was ‘un­able to at­tract the re­quired user num­bers’. Surely the fact Brexit Sec­re­tary Mike Russell is among Blip­foto’s most high pro­file pic­ture posters is un­re­lated to its un­pop­u­lar­ity?

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