It is Monday, just another Monday in a series of Mondays as we navigate the politics lows that is Holyrood but today is different, disgraced Mark McDonald returned.
Holyrood was built, a slogan was uttered, and pretty soon, hope died pretty much after its birth.
“There shall be a Scottish Parliament”!
What the declaration missed out that it would be filled with dross, and petty politics and incompetence would be its hallmark. What the place needs is shamed and former SNP MSP Mark McDonald is the poster boy.
McDonald has the solemn task to ‘stink’ the place up to high heaven, to lower the tone of this dump even further, he is doing it for the ‘weans’, not the weans of Scotland but his two, daddy needs to bring home the bacon so they can scoff it.
Mark McDonald is back!
One thing which he shouldn’t be doing is giving speeches on being “morally justified” given he has already held his hands up to admitting inappropriate behaviour towards women.
“Morally justified” and inappropriate behaviour towards women, can someone square that circle for me, and the rest of
. As he
is back, he faces the realisation that for the next few years until the next
Holyrood election, he is a leper. He will be an independent MSP in more ways
that one, then he has the pressure, which has been mounting to step down from
his Aberdeen Donside seat. I don’t see Nicola’s pals doing this; the
likely contenders will be the Salmond clique, in their quest for the ‘Return of
the King’. Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has urged the MSP to leave Holyrood because the stink of McDonald makes her rather whiffy as well, she publicly backed McDonald as a good MSP, and she has to say this in case Alex Salmond acts up if she doesn’t show enough enthusiasm.
This is her on TV.
The discomfort is her trying to distance herself and failing miserably.
Apparently Mark McDonald wants to demonstrate he has changed, well given this is out in the public domain, he has little choice but to watch his step in Holyrood and elsewhere, he will be under a microscope for the rest of his tenure. He will be keeping his trap shut and his phone under wraps. Three women are said to have identified “persistent” behaviour, which included inappropriate and unwanted text messages, unwanted attention and exploiting his position of power.
Oh, exploiting his position of power.
“Morally I can justify it because, as I have said, my approach to this has been to own the mistakes that I have made but to demonstrate that I have learned from them and that I am capable of changing as a result of those. I am asking people to afford me that opportunity, and I hope that people will do that. I accept that many relationships are going to have to be rebuilt – some people will want nothing to do with me and I have to regretfully accept that, but there are some people who I think will want to offer me that opportunity to demonstrate that I’ve learned from this and that I’ve changed.”
“I want to be able to demonstrate that my behaviour has changed and I am not sure that doing that through a by-election campaign is the appropriate way to do it.”
Well, that kind of puts the kibosh on Alex Salmond’s hopes of attempting to mount a comeback to politics.
One of the people who also wish Mark McDonald gone is James Dornan, James Dornan is standing to be deputy leader so his intervention could be seen as a self serving plea for votes for his chances to be Sturgeon’s number 2.
“He should certainly never set foot in the Scottish Parliament again and I will be making an official complaint on Monday to the parliamentary authorities to ask for his removal from the parliament to be considered.”
So, what will happen if there is an official complaint?
Nothing, that’s right, absolutely nothing!
Another candidate for Deputy, Economy Secretary Keith Brown told Good Morning Scotland on McDonald:
“I think the position is if you concede the point that you have acted inappropriately and you think that has been sufficiently bad that you have to resign as an SNP MSP, I think the logic of that means that you should resign as an MSP as well.”
Everyone following the Sturgeon line, Holyrood better get use to the stink of Mark McDonald, maybe someone could buy him out if they have £200k, but I suspect that he would want a top up above that an extra £200k. I don’t see him wanting to step down and lose three years wages.
Finally, using Mark McDonald as a plank to get votes for candidates in the deputy leadership will be seen by the candidates as morally justified, but the reality is that Dornan and Brown are just picking the meat of a political corpse.
This act shows how shallow the SNP are as a party collective, they all operate to the same low standards. Mark McDonald is in disgrace, if he has "changed", it doesn’t matter, he wouldn’t be rebuilding relationships that is just fantasy, especially in the SNP Cult, the worker ants don’t have independent thought.
The word from Sturgeon is banishment.
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