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Thursday, 4 March 2004

Holyrood "Dewar's Personal Memorial" says Gorrie

Yesterday at the Fraser Inquiry, Donald Gorrie (a LibDem MSP) finally said what I have believed, personally speaking, since this whole fiasco began - and by 'began' I mean when the Scotland Bill was first published by the newly-elected Labour government in London, soon after it came to power in 1997. Some choice quotes from his evidence to the Fraser inquiry:

There is a risk of someone in his position confusing what’s good for Scotland and what’s a memorial to Donald Dewar."
and
"In a democracy, it is not a question of Louis XIV deciding on the palace at Versailles. I find it absolutely offensive how it was done."
and
"I think if he was looking down on proceedings, he might think he made a bad decision. My own view is that Holyrood is the wrong site and at the time, I had never met anyone in Edinburgh who thought it was right. It was only a Glaswegian who could have chosen it."

Whether the right comparison is with Louis XIV or with Ceacescu in Romania or Kim il-Sung in North Korea, is debatable - but for sure Gorrie is telling it like it really is with his allusion (in my view).


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