In contrast to a friend, alienated by what he calls the ‘unedifying rammy’ of FMQs, this looks behind media’s fixation with sensation and points to those who have done real and undervalued work, despite party tribalism.
2013 has, in many ways, been a transition year. It’s not over yet, of course, but November always seems like a good point at which to pause and reflect, before the hurly burly of the festive season takes over and we are then cajoled into looking forward to the year to come.
In many aspects of public life, this year has been a stepping stone, a bridge from the past towards the future. Moving forward requires leaving some stuff behind. Occasionally, we don’t get to do that voluntarily.
It’s been that kind of a year for Holyrood with the passing of three MSPs who were initiates of the Parliament when reconvened in 1999. The deaths of Brian Adam, David McLetchie and most recently, of Helen Eadie remind us that nothing stays the same.
There have been serious illnesses too for others in that original intake this year, with worried whispers…
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