Linda was off to Malawi with SNP MP Pete Wishart
last week, taking part in a programme to help enhance the democratic
structures there. Malawi is a country that Scotland has strong
links with and has had for a long time, and it’s a country that
could do with our help. The SNP is pleased to play our part in
helping where we can, and Linda is only too glad to help out where
Flying back home turned out to be more eventful
than she bargained for as she became unwell on the journey. A trip
to the doctor back home, and she’s been given a course of medicine
and told to take it easy for three weeks.
It’s not until you try to clear an MSP’s diary
that you realise how much she does. Morag spent most of the day
cancelling appointments and I spent a couple of hours arranging for
other people to cover her commitments in Parliament – even with the
help of the Parliament’s clerks. Luckily, we’re heading into recess
next week and the workload isn’t as heavy as usual.
Stuck in house unwell, though, Linda is still
emailing and phoning, carrying on with her work and asking for some
documents to be posted to her, and she’s determined to go to party
conference next week to keep the promises she made to people about
speaking at their events. It seems she’s not sure about this
concept of taking it easy!
When she’s back at work properly Linda will have
plenty to tell you about the work in Malawi and how hard it is to
take things easy. Meanwhile, we’ll carry on with the work here and
wait for further instructions tomorrow.