Possibility 1:  He’s not very bright and he isn’t on top of his brief. He wasn’t engaged when Dr Brown was making these statements. No one told him what was going on. He was, after all, only Minister of State at the Scottish Office at the time.

Possibility 2: He’s a liar. And, moreover, he is, as Scottish Secretary (having been promoted due to Alistair L Carmichael’s departure from government [L is for Liar by the way]) lying to parliament and to the Speaker, as well as to us plebs.


On an entirely separate point, I’m wondering what his colleague (the lady sitting next to him) came as. 

I’m a great believer in equality. Unlike the Scottish Labour Equalities spokesperson, Elaine Smith, I back it all the way. I’m an anti-discrimination kind of person.

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I’ve been backing Carrie Gracie in her row with the BBC. Remuneration, I reckon, should be based on the difficulty of the job, not on the gender, colour, religion or sexuality of the incumbent. And given what a hard job she had, she probably should have been earing a good deal more than her colleagues in “easier” places in the world. Just for a start, she is fluent in Cantonese, which I suspect her counter[part in the USA is not.

And I don’t think it is ‘political correctness’ to have the views of Black, Asian, White, LGBTQ, male, female, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc. people heard in parliament, or in the cabinet. I don’t think there should be quotas but I think we need a parliament that reflects life in Scotland (or the UK).

I also don’t think that clothes are that important. As long as they are clean, keep you warm and cover your private bits, I can’t see that it makes a lot of difference if MPs wear jeans and t-shirts.

It’s what they do, not what they wear, that really matters. (I mean, I’d trade Fluffy in his expensive suit, for a SoS that cared about Scotland, no matter what they wore.)

However, we are where we are, and what’s good for one is good for another, and I was just wondering what the Speaker would say if a man turned up to sit on the front bench wearing a stripy t-shirt.

Seriously, if there is a dress code for men (and there is), there should be a dress code for women.




Theresa May:

Apr 17: “A General Election, that’ll sort everything out”

Jun 17: “Oh Shit”

Sep 17: “A Party Conference, that’ll sort everything out”

Oct 17: “Oh Shit”

Dec 17: “A Reshuffle, that’ll sort everything out”

Jan 18: “Oh Shit”

We’re wondering if she has ever made any correct decision, or it anything she has been in charge of has ever gone right. Because if it has we can’t remember it.


He has to try to encourage younger people to join the Tory party (their current average age is 70 and the SNP has more members in Scotland than they do in the whole of the UK).

May’s was billed as being about providing fresh faces within cabinet.

Yesterday, 73% of cabinet ministers were male. Today: 74%

Yesterday, 27% were privately educated. Today: 35%

Yesterday, 43% had a South East constituency. Today: 46%

So that worked then…


The new Universities Minister (England), Sam Gyimah’s, voting record on education:

Perfect for the job, I reckon!
The inner circle of great offices of state. Johnson, Rudd and Hammond.



So, Joanna Cherry QC (that QC bit’s important because, as an advocate, she kinda knows stuff about law), tweets that a new none-too-bright Tory MP, Kirstene Hair, has made a fool of herself by criticising the SNP government for failing in an area that is reserved to Westminster. (Incidentally, it’s not the first time that this has happened.)
The makes it’s final descent into total farce as the indecisive makes a speech during criticising Scot govt for failures which as reserved matters are the responsibility of her Tory mates in UK Govt.
Then the terminally dim Secretary of State/teaboy, Fluffy Muddle, jumps on the bandwagon and supports the aforementioned woolly-headed Tory MP.
He’s getting as bad as Trumpy, but someone needs to teach him how to do caps. SAD!
Next, our own dear “Arbroath” points out to him that he’s havering through a hole in his bucket.
So, for the benefit of Mr Muddle, BROADBAND is part of the telecommunications brief. It is reserved. If the Scottish government had been responsible then something would already have been done.
Interestingly, farther down the twitter discussion are some interesting comments, including one which pointed out that a group of his own constituents had contacted him as their MP on the subject. He achieved nothing and didn’t bother turning up to a meeting to which they had invited him to discuss this issue…vital in a rural area.

Oh dear. David wasn’t interested enough to try to do something even in his own constituency…never mind throughout Scotland.

Well devolve it then & let us get on with it. Or do your day job and sort it out, along with the rest of the stuff you’ve reserved to Westminster.

A perfectly sensible alternative…

davey daveydavey!!! it’s reserved. are you a total liar?

Probably the answer to that is… yes.

Anyway, there are hundreds of tweets to our mentally challenged SoS pointing out that he is wrong.

I don’t really expect much from the dimwit that is the Angus MP, Hair (wasn’t she the one who was so confused by the EU question that she didn’t bother to vote in the referendum?), but Muddle has been either Secretary of State or Minister of State for over 7 years.

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You might have thought that by now he would have had some handle on what the Scotland Office does, besides organising the tea and biscuits for cabinet meetings.