Today was the State Opening of Parliament which all elected MPs should attend. Yet there was one very obvious absentee.
Gordon Brown is the MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath yet he was nowhere to be seen. I'm informed he's been out and about in Fife so why couldn't he not represent the people who elected him at this traditional ceremony?
Within many sectors of society there are events each employee must attend without excuse or question. Not for one minute could I visualise any member of the military ignoring a traditional occasion to which they had been 'invited'. It is their responsibility to attend or pay the consequences.
In his 'farewell' speech Gordon Brown said he did not enjoy the socialising side of being PM. Surely it occurred to him that being 'people' friendly' was a vital party of any public service job. Unless he produced a sick note for today then I consider his non-attendance most discourteous. Then again Mr Brown isn't known for his good manners or courtesy. It goes to show that they're something not even millionaire labour ex-prime ministers can buy.
During lunch, around 12.40pm, I switched on Sky News to find Angus Robertson being interviewed. In recent weeks I've been critical of SNP MPs and MSPs being negative in their speeches and interviews, but it was a pleasure to see Mr Robertson being positive about the contents of the Queen's Speech which affected Scotland. In fact he was very nearly complimentary! Well done Mr Robertson - more of the same please. Let Scotland be seen as having a courteous, dignified government and not the negative, spinning and profoundly ill-mannered attitude that pervades the labour party.