Monday, 25 October 2010
Another Mini Swinney Arrives
A few years ago I was informed Derek Brownlee was nicknamed 'Mini Swinney' by his parliamentary colleagues. For those of you who have little knowledge of the Scottish Parliament, Derek Brownlee is the Tory finance spokesman and John Swinney is the SNP government's Finance Secretary. The nickname is a compliment to Mr Brownlee as Mr Swinney is held in high regard for his skill at dealing with the finances of Scotland and I'm not alone in thinking Mr Brownlee, of all the shadow finance spokes-persons, is the most able.
However, now he's been usurped because John Swinney and his wife Elizabeth Quigley have announced the birth of their first child, Matthew Kenneth Swinney, who was born on Friday. John has two other children from a previous marriage.
Elizabeth has multiple sclerosis and has done much to promote further research into this disease which is more common in Scotland than anywhere in the world.
I'm sure the voters in North Perthshire would join with me in sending best wishes to our MSP, his wife and new baby son.