Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Labour MSP Frank McAveety caught out ogling woman at Holyrood committee meeting, 'where's the birds'?

Dear All

Frank McAveety has made a complete arse of himself.

And it will be out there for all time.

His latest blunder at Holyrood was unguarded comments about a female audience member in the Holyrood chamber.

McAveety, a married man with kids got worked up describing a woman in the audience to the Petitions Committee Clerk.

Bad enough making a comment, bad enough getting picked up on microphone, disastrous going on and on about it!

So, eagle eyed Frank is sitting there and he spies a woman and off goes his rabbit:

“very beautiful girl … dark and dusky.”

McAveety went on:

“She’s very attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim ... the heat’s getting to me.”


“She’s got that Filipino look. You know … the kind you’d see in a Gauguin painting. There’s a wee bit of culture.”

Are there plenty of Gauguin paintings in the McAveety household?

This is a bit like ‘Ripping Yarns’ episode where Michael Palin in Tomkinson’s Schooldays talks about supplying the school bully with alcohol, cigarettes and the company of an unmarried Filipina woman.

What gets my interest is not that he fancied a bird sitting in the audience or “the heat’s getting to me”.

But the part where he says:

“There’s a wee bit of culture.”

McAveety was a former culture minister who in the past was forced to eat humble and apologise to parliament for misleading it.

The famous incident known as “Piegate”!

In 2004, he spun a yarn by claiming he was late for FMQs because he had been held up a Scottish Arts Council book awards. The truth was less cultured; he was sitting in the Holyrood canteen having a lunch of pie, roast potatoes and beans.

Note Roast Potatoes, obviously a culture thing, most people would have gone the way of pie, beans and chips.

Another howler is the court case against two anti-war protesters while out canvassing in the city. The poor cultured MSP was embarrassment when he was hauled over the coals by a sheriff for “over-egging” claims that he suffered the “worst intimidation in his life”.

He never attends Labour Party meetings?

Sheriff Graeme Warner cleared the protesters of any crime and commented that McAveety “must live a very sheltered life”.

Warner added that he had “completely blown his credibility” by claiming intimidation.

So, somewhere out there is a very beautiful girl, dark and dusky, attractive looking, nice, very nice, very slim and the heat’s getting to him.

I think his wife will be imposing a hosepipe ban.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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