In the Pink……well sometimes.
Last week was a tough old week I had to
finally give in to the illness that I had been fighting with for a
whole week and go home. Horrible food poisoning had me in the green
rather than in the pink! Its times like this when you realise just
how unrelenting this job can be but when you actually take time out
to recover and reflect then you realise what an amazing job it is to
be a member of the Scottish Parliament. We are just a few weeks into
this new session and things are indeed hotting up. You just have to
tune into First Ministers questions to realise there is a charge in
the air. Every debate and every question will have an added meaning
to it because we are on the roller coaster trip to the election next
May. Oh yes and I am proud to be the SNP candidate for Hamilton,
Larkhall and Stonehouse it is a real honour for me to be selected as
the candidate. I was reflecting on the achievements of the Scottish
SNP Government over the last three years and thinking we have done
some awesome things. Frozen council tax, reduced prescriptions,
lowered class sizes, abolished graduate endowment, built new
schools, building new hospitals, introduced the small business bonus
and maintained free bus passes for our disabled and elderly. That is
just a few of the many things we have brought about to make Scotland
This week I had equal opportunities
committee where we continued our inquiry into migration and
trafficking, next week we will hear from two ministers and then we
will start to pull all the evidence together and come up with some
recommendations. It has been a very interesting and worthwhile
inquiry and maybe we will just dispel some of the right wing myths
that are pedalled by some people in our nation.
Education committee continued with stage
two of the Children’s hearings bill. There has been a huge number of
amendments and it has been fraught with some difficulties with
opposition MSPs pushing amendments that they do not understand or
realise the consequences. But then that’s what oppositions do unless
they have the best interests of children at heart.
Thursday morning was a debate on the
future of forensic services in Scotland with a labour motion calling
on the cabinet secretary to make a decision on the future of the
labs at a time when he has not been presented with the findings of
the consultation or any recommendations. It was another example of
labour playing clairvoyant politics expecting decisions to be made
before all the facts are presented. It’s like when they asked for a
draft budget from the Finance secretary before he has had the
details of the block grant to Scotland. Silly little boy politics
from people who really should know better.
But tonight I hosted a very special
event in parliament with a group of very special women.
I was hosting a Rape Crisis Scotland
when they came along to the parliament to talk about the fears they
have for the service they offer and the very positive impact the
intervention of their service has on women mostly but also men of
sexual violence. The DVD they have produced is very powerful and
rather than being a downbeat film it is actually very powerful and
uplifting. It’s all about survivors and hope and it is certainly
something I will be supporting as long as I am able.
Here are the ladies from centres across
Scotland in the chamber after the event...
And just so you know that I am indeed on
the mend and back in the pink; you can see this picture of me
promoting "wear it pink for breast cancer". Again another
fantastically worthwhile cause.
So this is me very much in the pink……
I’m off home now so see you all next
week and have a wonderful weekend.
Christina McKelvie MSP