Friday, 18 February 2011
Before I come to the main point of this post, I would like to state my support for this morning's post by John Souter. His call for televised leaders' debates for the Holyrood elections is valid. Who's feart? The unionist parties certainly, but the SNP ought to be pushing hard for these to take place, given that they legally contested their exclusion to the UK general election leaders' debates. It is important that our whole society has the benefit of seeing and listening to the various political parties and if that does not happen, politics will continue to be available only to those who have a specific interest. Joan McAlpine in today's Scotsman has had her professioal and political ear to the grapevine.
Wendy Alexander is not going to continue as an MSP. I don't accept her excuse that she wants to spend more time with her 5 year old twins. As any mother knows babies and toddlers need their mothers more between the 0 - 5 year phase than at any other. Once they start school there's a certain freedom a mother gains. Or was that only in my own case? As I said here maybe he knows more than we do. Greenock and Inverclyde aren't far from Paisley my Glaswegian friends tell me.
The main point of this post is to inform my female Scottish readers about a Question Time entitled Women's Health in a Recession debate which is to be held on Wednesday 9 March at 7pm in the Scottish Storytelling Centre, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh. All parties will be represented: Nicola Sturgeon, Jackie Baillie, Ross Finnie, Nanette Milne, Margo MacDonald and Alison Johnstone. The event is sponsored by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
I'm all for such debates although it is a shame male cancer is not included. Also, it is a pity they've not organised a live podcast such as Weber Shandwick has, in their debates in partnership with the Scotland on Sunday.
If you wish to attend the Breakthrough Breast Cancer debate telephone 0131 226 0769 or email email@example.com.