First Min­is­ter in need of fast car

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Peter Hitchens -

AS Nicola Stur­geon fought for her life at First Min­is­ter’s Ques­tions over the botched Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment in­quiry into al­le­ga­tions against for­mer leader Alex Sal­mond, you might have ex­pected her back­benchers to cheer her on as she came un­der fire from Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leonard. But Mid­loth­ian North and Mus­sel­burgh MSP Colin Beattie was en­grossed in his smart­phone, view­ing cars on Face­book Mar­ket­place. Per­haps he was search­ing for a fast get­away ve­hi­cle to get his leader out of trou­ble.

THE bun­gled Sal­mond probe has left many won­der­ing if the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment could use a good lawyer or two. Ad­verts are out for le­gal trainees to join the gov­ern­ment team, but is the bar set too high? Un­der es­sen­tial cri­te­ria, re­quire­ment num­ber one is a ‘knowl­edge of pub­lic law’. If only more peo­ple on the Gov­ern­ment pay­roll had such knowl­edge.

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