It would be interesting to see some comparison with previous practice so as to illuminate The Herald’s claims of an SNP “power grab”. Something a conscientious journalist would do as a matter of course. If one takes the relatively small trouble to check the information on the Scottish Parliament website it quickly becomes clear that ministers in SNP administrations have always chosen their parliamentary liaison officers from among SNP back-benchers.
While previous administrations were less forthcoming about such matters, it appears that ruling parties appointing ministerial aides from among their own back-benchers has been established practice since the Scottish Parliament was reconvened in 1999. Which is hardly surprising. Why would they choose to have someone from another party working in such close proximity. How would that work?
More interesting is the fact that being a ministerial aide does not appear to ever have been an impediment to serving on committees or vice versa. Even the cursory research that is all I have time for reveals that the current Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh, was an aide to First Minister Jack McConnell while serving on at least one committee (Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture).
It really only takes one example such as the above to puncture The Herald’s pretence that the SNP is doing something exceptional and dubious. This looks very much like just another instance of the malicious British media taking something totally mundane and spinning it as a ‘scandal’. It’s all part of the totally vacuous #SNPBAD propaganda campaign.
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