The now departed, following an embarrassing interlude on the eve of the Scottish Budget when he resigned and disappeared from public life but kept claiming his parliamentary salary, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay was at the heart of the negotiations which put the public’s money at risk.
Labour MSP Jackie Bailie was forced to question a senior civil servant about missing emails using information gleaned from unnamed sources in this morning’s second witness session.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, who is one of the departing dozen, has admitted she would have handled the coronavirus crisis differently had she known how badly it would rip through Scotland’s care homes.
Employees who helped stage video productions or speeches at the White House may be in violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law prohibiting political activity on government property. “This administration has been committing ethics violations right and left,” said Walter Shaub, a senior adviser to an ethics watchdog group. [
Your speeches can be written for you and you can be rehearsed in the answers to any questions you are likely to be asked. Your fellow MPs may have a good idea of your limitations, but your constituents only see part of you, and that’s through the lens of your marketing machinery.
This tenacious little tree is in a picturesque bay on Loch Lomond near the village of Balmaha, in Scotland’s first National Park and on the route of the famous West Highland Way. Standing not quite in and not quite out of the loch, it has survived despite its less than ideal location.