Saturday, 23 October 2010
MSPs Won't Be Happy with This Colleague
Recognise the MSP in the photograph? I don't, but then again I would know my own list MSPs if I met them in the street.
He is Jackson Carlaw. As far as I'm aware he is Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservatives and he contested the Eastwood constituency at both the 2003 and 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections. He didn't succeed but managed to acquire his seat through the part list system.
Mr Carlaw has published a document outlining his view of the Scottish Parliamentary system which he considers is failing and could be improved. He criticised the short working week during which MSPs sit in plenary session for just eight and a half hours and he branded the weekly First Minister's Questions half hour as "tedious verbal torture" with failings on all sides.
Speaking at his party conference he added: "By no means is this a criticism of any MSP or any party. Nor am I seeking to present myself as some sort of political paragon. But I do believe Parliament could work harder on behalf of the people of Scotland."
That won't go down well with his fellow MSPs. Nobody likes to be told they don't give value for money to their customers - particularly by another employee.
Does he have a point? I don't know, although I can hear every MSP denying this accusation and saying they work harder than anyone else in the country with their constituency work demanding long, arduous hours as well as the burden of their Holyrood commitments. If that is the case then it's such a shame that so many of our MSPs don't move into the business sector and start creating jobs. We need more hard working people in the private sector because Scotland needs more job creators. Without them our economy will be paralysed for years.
As well as hard working individuals we need risk takers, because that's what the private sector do - take risks. If their risks fail then there's no money in the bank and of course if they succeed they're well rewarded.
If such a theory was attached to every party manifesto - plus the necessity that every promise made should be legally binding - we may see a difference in our politicians. All right I'm living in La-La land but I can dream now and again.