What is the difference between; Scottish Tory MSP and Holyrood Presiding Officer Alex Ferguson and the SNP MSP and Chair of Holyrood’s Standards Committee Keith Brown? Answer: - the former Mr. Alex Ferguson; is honest and honourable while the latter Mr. Keith Brown is a disingenuous dishonourable coward.
Consider two decisions which had to be made using the casting vote of the respective chairpersons of the Parliament and the Standards Committee; I refer first to the casting vote which Mr. Ferguson used to prevent the SNP/Tory budget being passed, the Tory Chair despite his party supporting the budget maintained the convention of deciding in favour of the status quo when the vote was tied and the budget fell, despite this being a quite momentous thing to do there was never any doubt that he would do the right thing, the honourable/decent thing. It is to his and his party’s credit that there was never any doubt that they would play fair which they did.
Contrast this with the underhand behaviour of SNP MSP Keith Brown when he was presented with an identical choice as chair of the Standards Committee when the vote was tied on whether Wendy Alexander should be pursued further over the accusation of breaking parliamentary rules over an illegal donation; the same convention of the chair supporting the status quo should have applied; by any standards of decency and honour it should have applied that is; but remember this was the SNP; and they don’t recognise such things as decency and fair play, this ‘humble servant’ of Alex (the spiv) did not adhere to the convention of support for the status quo, shameful.
At the time this happened I wrote about this MSP Keith Brown and predicted that he would be promoted for showing his willingness to grovel to Alex (the spiv) Salmond and; today I hear he is the new education minister, this is his 30 pieces of silver for his cowardly ambition. He is one to watch; he will carry on ignoring the contempt in which he is held by everyone at Holyrood his own party included, they will smile and be courteous in his company but they have his measure and they will not want to have him sitting or lurking behind them. For Alex (the spiv) Keith Brown is bought and paid for; (the spiv) has also brought in some other crackers in his reshuffle, they are as follows.
“Republican Rose; Roseanna Cunningham” a former rebel who crumbled humiliatingly in the face of Winnie Ewing who bullied and ridiculed her; this so called anti monarchist no longer mentions her Majesty; Alex (the spiv) is of course a Royalist who knows what her principals are worth.
The treacherous and very malleable Alex Neill (ask Jim Sillars) another former ‘rebel’ who has literally changed from being anti Salmond to the most loyal toady of them all he has begged and crawled to this reward.
And last but not least the king of the crawlers himself Mike Russell, this guy wrote a book about politics but; after a “chat” with (the spiv) he was “made an offer he couldn’t refuse” and agreed to let (the spiv) dictate the parts he wanted changed. “Iron Mike” folded right away, spineless.
Throw in the ever so humble Swinney who is about as scary as ‘Scooby Doo’ + the besotted Sturgeon and you can see an awful lot of solidarity taking place in the cabinet can’t you; Alex (the spiv) Salmond rules right? the execrable Mr Keith Brown has found his true home.
One of the most notable things about the SNP is the total lack of dissent, Labour, the Tories, even the ‘stand for nothing’ Lib. Dems. have dissenters and members of their awkward squad; it’s one of the signs of a healthy political debate going on. This is further proof if it was ever needed that the Nats. are a one man band and the leader is a multi instrumentalist and soloist, he gets to pick the tunes and if he says so “everyone can be out of tune except him”
This is not a healthy political party it is run by fear and threat, only the yes men/women get promoted, this trend will continue and worsen because there is no-one with the courage to challenge it.