Thursday, 5 August 2010

Blundering Peacock Strutts His Stuff



Most of you will realise the customer group of the magazine Bunkered. In the current edition Alex Salmond gave an interview in which he said ministers would be promoting the local hotel and good causes in the Highlands. The interview took place before the Cabinet around Scotland meeting in Dornoch last week.

Mr Salmond also mentioned the world renowned golf course. "Having said all that, the fact that I've never played Royal Dornoch crept into the equation. As someone who has played hundreds of Scottish course, I feel bereft that I've never played Royal Dornoch, but I'll be putting that right soon."

A government spokesman confirmed Mr Salmond did play the course during the trip.

Great marketing for Dornoch and in particular for golfing visitors, yet Labour's Highland and Islands MSP, Peter Peacock (pictured), hit out at the comments yesterday.

"This is an extraordinary admission from Mr Salmond and an abuse of public money," the former education minister said. "I would encourage everyone to come and play at Dornoch, but organising an entire Cabinet meeting to satisfy the golf needs of Alex Salmond is wrong.

"Not only is he hosting Cabinet meetings in seats the SNP are desperate to cling on to, but now he is building them around his golfing plans.

"Taxpayers will be furious at funding Mr Salmond's sporting holidays."

Foolish, foolish man. Not only does he show the quality of Labour MSPs in the Scottish parliament but he was the education minister of the last Scottish government. Is it any wonder the standards of our education have fallen in recent years? Alex Salmond will not have claimed the cost of his round at Royal Dornoch on expenses.

On a serious note, this article was the lead in the political section of the Scotsman. For those of my readers who live outside of Scotland, the Scotsman used to be a reputable broadsheet but its readership has been falling for a few years, since it began to publish an exceptional amount of Labour press releases, most of which are non-stories. You've just read another one.


20 comments:

wisnaeme said...

Peacock eh

... or is that peabrain.

I knew that fella when he wis the big nose in ra heiland council in Inverstooshie.

A friend of mine, Drew who had tae work with him said of him that he wis the biggest @rselicker this side 0f ben ahee.

Jim said...

Subrosa

I read this story in the Herald this morning and my immediate reaction was one of sadness...

How woefully low must our politician's stoop to get some press time.

As far as I'm concerned, the only story here is that there is another Labour MSP as willfully pathetic as Richard Baker.

Jim

Colin said...

To be fair to Labour, the SNP put out inane PRs like this all the time, too. They just don't get printed.

Oldrightie said...

Labour are bereft of slagging off targets down South so are concentrating on their heartlands!

Indyanhat said...

Maybe Barry Soetero will pop over for a swift back nine with Alex to have a word about megrahi, Barry likes a round or two!

subrosa said...

Wisnaeme, I don't know the bloke. Thankfully. :)

subrosa said...

Jim, I doubt if you would have to look for long to find others. Jackie Baillie springs to mind.

subrosa said...

Are you saying the Scotman do the SNP a favour not publishing their banal press releases Colin?

I would have thought they would jump at the chance to humiliate the SNP in the way they've humiliated Labour with this article.

subrosa said...

Aye OR, but don't forget, we have elections here next year.

subrosa said...

Oh I didn't know Barry was a golfer Indy. Mind you, he's got himself in a bit of a bunker with his birth certificate drive. Wrong club methinks.

Jim said...

Jackie Baillie - ah yes! that shining beacon of reason and sharp political analysis.

What cruel force made her the Labour spokesperson for Health and Wellbeing? How unfair on both her and the Scottish public. Another appointment which surely proves my theory of the Unionist's conspiracy to make us look too wee, parochial and stupid to run our own affairs.

JRB said...

@wisnaeme - Inverstooshie???
Inversnecky – if you please. :) LOL

As for Mr Peacock – he is not really worth commenting upon.

Wisnaeme and his pal Drew have got it spot on.

… and Subrosa, you will truly enjoy Royal Dornoch
http://www.royaldornoch.com/
Take a few days out and enjoy all the courses around the Moray Firth.

subrosa said...

Morning John. Thank you for the link. I'm not a golfer John and the last outing to Dornoch was a boys' weekend so I missed out that time. But I've visited the town several times and at different times of year. Alway enjoy it. Maybe it's the 'cosiness' of the town and its proximity to the sea.

It certainly knocks the socks off Broughty Ferry which I visit on a regular basis just to have a walk on the beach.

subrosa said...

Aye Jim, what did we do to deserve Ms Baillie? We must have been awfy naughty children. :)

cynicalHighlander said...

I think Labour in Scotland are a good example of why we need to stop cloning animals.

subrosa said...

Couldn't agree more CH. And to stop importing cloned animals or bits of them.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

The unfortunate fact is that bullshit while baffling brains has no ability to fertilise.

Another paradox unique to humanity

subrosa said...

Superbly put RA. :)

Allan said...

Yes, its an absolute abuse of power. And questions must be asked in parliament. Like has he played Paisley Golf Club...

Still nice to see that he's kept busy.

subrosa said...

Jing Allan, he's pathetic isn't he? That's the standard the west vote for. Do they get what they deserve?

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