A global force for good

Received this from a friend and thought it worth sharing.

Having been sent to United Nations headquarters in New York for work, I was happy to hear that my time here would coincide with the visit of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. I was even happier when a friend told me that the First Minister would be speaking only a few metres away from the room where my meeting was taking place.

I managed to find a seat in a packed room and was inspired by the First Minister’s description of Scotland’s support to women’s engagement in peace processes; first in Syria, now throughout the Middle East and soon in other parts of the world.

In a lively follow up discussion, she emphasised that this was an example of the positive contribution that Scotland can make to the global community and of the Scottish Government’s commitment to international collaboration based on human rights and dignity for all.

As New York celebrates its Scottish heritage with Scotland Week and Tartan Day, the First Minister has made clear how Scotland has been, and will continue to be, a global force for good that we can all be proud of.

Robert Lewis-Lettington, SNP Perth River Tay Branch

You can watch a recording of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech here.

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9 thoughts on “A global force for good

  1. bringiton

    Contrast this with England’s PM touring the Middle East trying to drum up more business for the arms companies in the UK.
    Says it all really.

  2. Clydebuilt

    This is the first time I’ve read or heard The FM’s visit is timed to occur with Tartan Week…… The MSM don’t want Scots to know their country is celebrated across the pond…… Might bolster moral.

  3. Ann Rayner

    Shameful that the only other sources I can find for this story are the National and Common Space. It is on the BBC website but the headline is about ‘no plans for indyref court challenge’ so you have to really hunt for it.

    In a normal country this would be all over our newspapers and TV showing how our First Minister is listened to and respected internationally. Meanwhile, not a peep from Jackie & co.

    Scotland Tonight seems to be on holiday but, at least STV news reported David Martin’s and Alyn Smith’s speeches in the European parliament, again disgracefully under-reported, while Farage’s Mafia rant was widely covered, sometimed favourably!

  4. Bibbit

    When Jack McConnell was in New York, as First Minister, way back when, during ‘Tartan Week, BBC Scotland’s Yoonuchs were all over him like a rash, complete with ludicrous kilt n’aw.

  5. commonoldworkingchap

    Nicola Sturgeon is a class act. We should be proud that in Scotland we have such an able
    First minister. The Europeans know it also.

  6. Global Nomad

    In response to Clydebuilt, WoS also ran this story yesterday.

    It saddens me that I know where to look for this information but so many do not. I can continue to share this sort of item to my newsfeed on FaceBook and/or Twitter but it is all essentially a case of ‘leading the horse to water’

  7. Scott

    For all the people who emailed PO regarding Ruth Davidson here is the reply I received..

    Thank you for your email of 29 March raising your concerns with me regarding conduct during the recent debate on Scotland’s Choice.

    I believe that all of us as elected representatives have a responsibility to set an example and an obligation to treat each other with respect. I have made my views on this matter known to Members and have no hesitation about intervening in proceedings if and when I deem it necessary.

    With regard to the debate on Scotland’s Choice, it was inevitable that given the subject matter of the debate, feelings were running high amongst Members of all parties. It led to some robust exchanges between Members which were impassioned and emotive.

    I too noted the comments which caught your attention, but decided on this occasion not to intervene. I try to strike a balance between maintaining standards of courtesy and respect whilst also providing all Members with the opportunity to express themselves with passion. Rather than interrupting proceedings to rebuke a Member, I prefer to speak to my colleagues in person, including to party leaders, about the use of language and the conduct that I expect whilst Members are in the Debating Chamber. I can assure you that I will continue to actively monitor b_ehaviour and to remind all Members about the conduct that I expect of them. I hope that this assures you that I take such matters very seriously.

    I should of course, also highlight that it is very much open to you to make your views on their conduct or language known directly to Members or their political parties.

    Thank you for taking the time to write to me on this issue.

    Yours sincerely

    Rt Hon Ken Macintosh

    Presiding Officer

    Still not saying why he did not pull her up at the time.

  8. Katrina MacGregor

    Decided not to intervene Ken.? Remind me why you are there again? Jeez Trisha Marwick left a big space behind and you dont fill it.

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