South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine disrespects parliament and her constituents
One of my regional MSPs, Joan McAlpine was ordered to apologise to Parliament today after showing discourtesy to parliament.
The parliamentary aide to the First Minister missed her opportunity to question ministers on cases due to osteoarthritis and its impact on the NHS because of a dinner date with Big Eck.
I understand that McAlpine had smoked venison and I really hope it was worth letting down her constituents for.
As a Doctor’s daughter, her question was an important one in holding ministers to account.
Whilst she has since apologised to parliament for allowing time to run away from her whilst lunching with the First Minister, my fellow South of Scotland constituents and I sent her to the Scottish Parliament to represent us and to question ministers on our behalf. Therefore by not turning up to parliament she is not only showing discourtesy to the Scottish Parliament, she is failing to represent her constituents and hold this government to account.
Instead of questioning & challenging ministers of this government in the interests of her constituents she is having lunch with the First Minister to further her career and her own interests.
This is of course not the first time she has not shown up to parliament to question ministers but the FIFTH time she has not shown up.
Whilst she may have apologised to parliament for disrespecting the chamber and her fellow MSPs, I think she should apologise to her constituents for not doing the job she was elected to do.