Chairman Frank McAveety calls a recess and stretches back in his chair; he casually remarks to the guy next to him; “that girl in the audience is nice; very attractive; she has that Filipino look; like a woman from a Gaugin painting” alas like others before him he was still ‘live’ and his remarks were overheard. It's bizarre I have been in Frank's company before and he is a lively quick witted guy who would not cause offence to anyone he is great company and I'm sure those who know him will be utterly bewildered by this unnecessary resignation.
So let’s suspend common sense and join in with the circus for a while. What would the woman have said to him had she heard his comments; would she have been insulted; would she have reported him; what would she have reported him for; who would she have reported him to; how would she have described his transgression. Conceivably she would have gathered her nerve and; through trembling lips she would have said “the swine called me nice; he even called me attractive, the insensitive brute that he is, I’m now seeing my doctor because I’m distressed by all this; women are just not safe with such men around. Gaugin you say? he painted some beautiful women didn’t he? Still he has no right saying such things”
At the tender age of 15 years I arrived at ‘Brown and Polson’s’ factory to start work; I was given a white uniform and a ridiculous wee white hat; the fact that everyone in the place wore one did not help; I felt daft. I was given directions to go and report to the ‘Cube’ building where surprise surprise they made Knorr stock cubes. I strode through the large double doors as purposely as I could and stopped dead as I was confronted by approx. 50 women and one man who; along with me did the heavy lifting in the ‘Cube Hall’ When I read about Frank McAveety today I thought about that first day at work and I can say that if it was right for Frank to resign those women should have been detained. They teased me pitilessly and my face was permanently red for days, I simply could not repeat some of the things and describe some of the mischief they played on me; honestly in a family blog I couldn’t. It was sink or swim and like most of course I learned to swim and the teasing stopped within a couple of days; I became so immune to them that I actually went out with a couple of them. Frank’s resignation is a charade and makes the Parliament look stupid; the ghost of John Knox is around I think; the buttoned up Jeremiahs who are attacking him ought to get a life. If McAveety is wrong to compare this woman to a Gaugin painting would these clowns also ban Gaugin’s paintings altogether? How about this one, “shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate; Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, etc. (Oi! You! Wassname, Shakespeare, enough of that you sleazy sod)
I have done a small straw poll among several women to see how they would react to his remarks if McVaveety said those things about them and the answers were predictable; here are some.
Girl1/ I would love to look like that. Girl 2/ He’s cheeky but nice. Girl 3/ His place or mine. Girl 4/ These complainers have never been to the dancing in Paisley have they? Girl 4/ Most women would say he was a charmer. Girl 5/ Who is this Gaugin guy then?
I couldn’t get any one of them to condemn him in any way; this has to be as daft a resignation as we have seen and those who called for it and supported it are a laughing stock as is Parliament.
Latest update 19;00 One of the past members of McAveety's petitions committee Sandra White SNP says that as the committee had dealt with Lap Dancing and Trafficking; Frank McAveety is not fit to chair this committee. Sandra White is a perfect example of the lack of ability and talent in the SNP. The SNP go to inordinate lenghths to keep her locked away, her and Christine Grahame are like two crazy old bats in the attack in a Hammer movie but occasionaly they escape and embarrass the party and themselves; in White's case she also embarrasses women everywhere, they both have "mouths like a clown's pocket" She compares Frank McAveety to Sex Traffickers because he said that a young woman was attractive; Ms. White; that, is the sound of white coats flapping that you can hear.