Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Elephants versus the Union

I haven't been hugely impressed with the Final Report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution (or, as it is more commonly known, the Calman Commission). I reckon it must have been full of vegetarians... it lacks anything in the way of meat. (I'm here all week... try the veal - unless, of course, you are vegetarian...)

Anyway, I had to laugh at this exchange at the House of Commons Scottish Affairs committee yesterday.

SNP MP (and former Runrig star) Pete Wishart:

"Was independence the 'elephant in the room' during the Commission's discussions?"

Sir Kenneth Calman, chair of Commission on Scottish Devolution:

"I think it is entirely inappropriate to describe independence as an elephant."

Nice to see some people still have a sense of humour about things.

Actually, apparently, the Scotsman has a sense of humour about spelling... check the title of this piece. Maybe all the cutbacks have led to less... proof-reading.


Scottish Unionist 7 July 2009 at 17:34  
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Stuart Winton 7 July 2009 at 17:42  

I think there's a white elephant joke in there somewhere as well!

As for the spelling, perhaps the Scotsman's procedures are a bit like the Blogger software - the spell-checker doesn't include the title!

Malc 7 July 2009 at 17:46  

I'm assuming the first comment was from a fake SU and therefore have deleted the post.

Scottish Unionist 7 July 2009 at 17:56  

It was indeed. Thanks Malc.

Anonymous,  8 July 2009 at 14:13  

Maybe all the cutbacks have led to less... proof-reading.

Maybe someone's angry at not being invited to take part in the Steam project

Malc 8 July 2009 at 15:03  

Anon (Scotsman journo?)

I've let the blog slide a bit recently on the basis that I've been quite busy with other things.

Though in any case, its nice that you think that I have the quality that they are looking for, though I'm pretty sure the Scotsman has found enough talented bloggers without me.

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