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1.CONTEXT. I was born and brought up in Cowdenbeath. My grandfather was killed in a pit accident, my father was invalided out of the pits and my brother was a sacked miner.
2. It is fair to say that Margaret Thatcher was hated among my family and friends.
3. But I was the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. I received an invitation in that capacity to attend the funeral.
4. I was very ill. I had not yet been diagnosed with bowel cancer but let’s just say that I was probably at my lowest ebb in terms of pain and my capacity to cope without quick access to a loo.
4. I didn’t want to attend for personal and health reasons but knew if I didn’t go the media would have been all over it and it would have reflected badly on the Scottish Parliament.
5. I didn’t tell my family or friends that I was going to Margaret Thatcher funeral. They would not have understood why and I didn’t want their condemnation.
6. So I went. I arrived but was almost passing out with pain. I ended up sitting between Boris Johnson ( Mayor of London) and Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland). The two of them were man spreading.
7. I was squashed between the two of them and their legs. It is fair to say that there was a bit of ‘ banter”between them as they spoke across me. I was just praying to escape without disgracing myself by fainting (or worse) .
8. It was a nightmare. I escaped as soon as I could. I found a loo in a restaurant and thought I was  dying. Weeks later I was  finally  diagnosed with bowel cancer.
1.CONTEXT. I was born and brought up in Cowdenbeath. My grandfather was killed in a pit accident, my father was invalided out of the pits and my brother was a sacked miner.
1.CONTEXT. I was born and brought up in Cowdenbeath. My grandfather was killed in a pit accident, my father was invalided out of the pits and my brother was a sacked miner.
2. It is fair to say that Margaret Thatcher was hated among my family and friends.
3. But I was the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. I received an invitation in that capacity to attend the funeral.
4 I was very ill. I had not yet been diagnosed with bowel cancer but let’s just say that I was probably at my lowest ebb in terms of pain and my capacity to cope without quick access to a loo.
5. I didn’t want to attend for personal and health reasons but knew if I didn’t go the media would have been all over it and it would have reflected badly on the Scottish Parliament.
5. I didn’t tell my family or friends that I was going to Margaret Thatcher funeral. They would not have understood why and I didn’t want their condemnation.
6. So I went. I arrived but was almost passing out with pain. I ended up sitting between Boris Johnson ( Mayor of London) and Alex Salmond (First Minister of Scotland). The two of them were man spreading.
7. I was squashed between the two of them and their legs. It is fair to say that there was a bit of ‘ banter”between them as they spoke across me. I was just praying to escape without disgracing myself by fainting (or worse) .
8. It was a nightmare. I escaped as soon as I could. I found a loo in a restaurant and thought I was  dying. Weeks later I was  finally  diagnosed with bowel cancer.

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24 Aug 20
A thread about MSPs standing down. Most have been in Parliament since 1999. Many are close to or will be over normal retirement age by the time of next election. Decisions have to be made now to allow constituencies to select new candidates.
I don’t think people realise the workload of MSPS. The workload is far greater than that of an MP. Most MPs count themselves lucky to be on one committee at Westminster and make a speech now and again.
If you are a backbench MSP at Holyrood you can be on 2 or perhaps 3 Committees and will be expected to speak in debates frequently. If you are a Minister you will not be on a Committee but the workload is enormous.
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