The opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament seem hell bent on getting the resignation of an SNP minister and Kenny MacAskill's been in the frame the past week. They've given up for the moment on Fiona Hyslop the education secretary I see.
It appears the First Minister knew, at FMQs yesterday, that another prisoner had absconded from Castle Huntly in Tayside but did not inform the parliament.
A spokesman for Alex Salmond insisted he had been absolutely right not to mention the latest absconder in the Parliament because it was up to police when information on absconders was released and Tayside Police had not yet publicised the information. He admitted Mr Salmond had known about Brown (the latest absconder) on Wednesday night, but added : "It would be utterly extraordinary to suggest that any minister should interfere with an operational matter for Tayside Police."
I entirely agree with the First Minister's stance. We don't want politicians interfering with our police service. One look at the Metropolitian Police should be enough to remind us what happens in these circumstances.