Will Hosie’s London caper keep Robison in Cabinet?

There have been four major failures in cabinet office in Nicola Sturgeon’s first administration:

  • Education Secretary Angela Constance;
  • Health Secretary, Shona Robison;
  • Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead;
  • and Justice Secretary, Michael Matheson.

All four of them are presiding over policies and departments that have signally failed to answer the most serious and urgent needs of Scotland.

Tomorrow at the Scottish Parliament, after being sworn in as First Minister of Scotland in her own right, Ms Sturgeon is to reshuffle her cabinet.

By rights, all four of these failing cabinet secretaries should be sacked or demoted; but the situation in one of their cases  is now complicated for Ms Sturgeon.

Her Deputy Party Leader, the flinty hard liner [but far from astute] Stewart Hosie, SNP MP for Dundee East, announced on Sunday 15th May in a Dundee newspaper that he is separating from his wife, Shona Robison,

Today’s Daily Mail, 17th May, announced the alleged reason for the split – the Fabio Capello look-alike has been seriously frisky with an up-for-it freelance journalist on an in-house mag in the Westminster village.

The woman in question – said to be self-declaredly helplessly enamoured of all nationalist MPs – whom she reportedly thrills in seeing as ‘the Mujahideen of UK politics’ – has clearly walked this talk.

She was allegedly previously engaged in Ugandan relations with Hosie’s colleague, the famously, if loosely, amorous Angus MacNeil from Na h’Eileanan an Iar – until the end of 2015, before taking up with the SNP Deputy Leader, who is only too willing to hold the feet of his perceived enemies to the fire.

The Mail alleges that Hosie did not inform his wife of his offing until ‘hours’ after she had retained her Holyrood seat in Dundee East under two weeks ago.

Robison and Hosie are long time personal friends of Ms Sturgeon, who is far too canny a party manager to fall out with her Deputy but is highly likely to bolster the morale of the hapless Health Secretary by retaining her in cabinet in some other role.

There has previously been a rumour of moving Robison to education to replace Constance – which would be like swopping two structually unsound deckchairs on the deck of the Titanic.

Ms Sturgeon has also declared that her personal priority for the coming term is education, which would not be well served by such a change of disposition.

One must also ask why it has taken the First Minister so long to identify the degree of failure manifest in Scottish education – with official report after official report over several years formally calibrating that failure.

Whether the Robison-for-Constance move is what the First Minster actually does tomorrow will be known then – but she may now find it personally impossible to move out of office one of her failing high rankers, who will continue therapeutically to occupy a senior position.

If Hosie has let down his wife at a personal level, his action may prove a timely buttress for her political career.

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  • I quite enjoyed reading that in the Mail this morning!

    Did the SNP have a ‘Battlebus’ at the election, they reported the Conservatives for not declaring on their election expenses but it now seems both Labour and Liberals did the same so wondering if the SNP were also moving their people around without declaring it?

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    Lundavra May 17, 2016 5:00 pm Reply
    • foreign ARGYLL

      Scummy reporting and scummy comments from scummy people

      Incidentally SNP won. NS is First Minister.

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      No Cheese Here May 17, 2016 6:23 pm Reply
      • Doesn’t she have to be sworn in so First Minister Elect until then.

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        Lundavra May 17, 2016 6:27 pm Reply
        • Pedantic,smart assed Cobblers!

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          Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 8:21 pm Reply
    • Daily Heil readers,Cobblers for Brains.

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 7:58 pm Reply
  • Oh yuck.

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    ClootieDumpling May 17, 2016 6:18 pm Reply
  • Childish Cobblers!

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    Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 7:53 pm Reply
  • Who’s Will Hosie?

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    Murdoch MacKenzie May 17, 2016 9:34 pm Reply
    • Hosie is the chap who likes cowdie on his oatcakes in the morning.

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      John M May 18, 2016 8:37 am Reply
      • I am disappointed in Messrs. McNeill and Hosie’s conduct however they have a long road to travel before they reach the hallowed turf of perversion of past and present unionist politicians.
        Cyril Smith being up there with the best!

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        A.Salmon May 18, 2016 12:40 pm Reply
      • I prefer crowdie myself.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 1:23 pm Reply
  • The behaviour of these two is unacceptable given the office they hold.

    If these two men are unable to keep the promises they made, if they can break their word to the people who should matter to them most in the world – they cannot be trusted on anything else.

    I doubt they will do the honorable thing – because they have none.

    This isn’t gossip or tittle tattle, it’s all verified information. They should stand down and let the electorate decide. If the SNP take no action, then they effectively endorse the behaviour of these two. I don’t know how McNeill has the nerve to show his face in parliament with his record.

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    JB May 17, 2016 10:03 pm Reply
    • Partisan,Daily Fail Fuelled Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 17, 2016 10:07 pm Reply
      • Can I assume Nae fear that you are a product of the Scottish Education system

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        Plugit May 18, 2016 1:04 pm Reply
  • For all your comments about the abilities of members of the Scottish Cabinet the fact is they were returned by their constituency electorate and the Scottish government was returned with a higher share of the vote. The reasonable take on that would be that the electorate is generally well pleased with the past performance of the Scottish government and its ministers. Time for Newsie to move on, wipe the slate of criticism clean and see how they perform collectively and individually in the new term.

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    Graeme McCormick May 18, 2016 11:26 am Reply
    • Graeme, in total only just over 50% of the Scottish electorate could be bothered to vote, the Scottish MP’s don’t seem to have much time for Ms Sturgeon and don’t seem to care much about their behaviour when in London.
      Promoting friends who can’t do the job is a weakness and will only lead to criticism for poor performance at least Lochhead took the better option and ‘resigned’
      Ms Sturgeon faces an uphill battle and with Salmond and his London cabal going in one direction how long before the ranks divide, there is no one to blame now so we will see what Holyrood achieves, it needs to get a move on as Scotland’s economy is slipping fast.

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      Richard May 18, 2016 11:45 am Reply
      • Bitter Cobblers!

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        Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 12:34 pm Reply
      • Richard – It looks like you were right about Swinney, demoted to education secretary.

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        John M May 18, 2016 1:05 pm Reply
        • John, there has been rumour around for a few weeks, his new remit looks rather strange when many consider education as the ‘poison pill’

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          Richard May 18, 2016 1:15 pm Reply
          • Unsubstantiated Cobblers from imbeciles!

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            Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 1:32 pm
        • Demoted, John. If I remember correctly Ms Sturgeon said on winning the election that she was to concentrate heavily on Eduction.
          John Swinney has done a sterling job with his limited resources over the years and Nicola wants her No 1 Minister for what she has stated is her big challenge in this parliament.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 1:19 pm Reply
          • Murdoch, it’s really quite amusing because Mr Swinney is a bout to find out what its like to be starved of cash, I should have called the job ‘Poisoned Chalice’ Sturgeon has hung her hat on education and if its not going in the right direction this time next year it could be off to the back benches.

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            Richard May 18, 2016 1:52 pm
          • Any other democracy the chancellors job is considered to be the top job, education just the same as any other government position . Looks to me like a side ways move

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            Plugit May 18, 2016 3:32 pm
          • The Scottish Parliament is hardly like a parliament in any other democracy. John Swinney can only juggle the crumbs from the London table. You call it a Chancellor’s job, but while people vote NO then it is certainly not like any other chancellors job.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 4:56 pm
    • It does not work that way, the party faithful will vote for whoever is put up by the party in their constituency – you can see how that works from the inane comments they post here. Labour used to be similar, in the past they could have put a chimpanzee up for election in many Scottish or Welsh constituencies and it would have been elected.

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      Lundavra May 18, 2016 3:35 pm Reply
      • But not in England, I take it.? Is that not where the hung the monkey?

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 4:58 pm Reply
  • Let me get this right… he buys a flat in London,(After he was elected in 2005, Mr MacNeil purchased a two-bedroom property in Lambeth, South London, for £200,000 with a 95 per cent mortgage. He charged interest payments to his parliamentary expenses)… gets us to pay the interest and then rents the place out for 10k a year…. and lives in hotels (billed the public purse nearly £75,000 for accommodation since 2010. That includes almost £2,500 at the Park Plaza in the months leading up to the independence referendum…. whetever he gets up to sexually I don’t actually care)…which we again pay for…. LOL…you gotta be kiddin me….fire the parasite…QED

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    Karl Hughes May 18, 2016 3:24 pm Reply
    • QED Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 3:31 pm Reply
      • you can’t put QED before cobblers numpty doah !!… and its all facts, SNP…tartan tories, you voted the purveyor of smoke in… so don’t start blameing the rest of us.

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        Karl Hughes May 18, 2016 3:36 pm Reply
        • Arsenal skelped Cobblers!

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          Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 3:48 pm Reply
      • QED Gobblers more like.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 4:29 pm Reply
    • Don’t forget that he was staying in hotels that were well above the maximum rate allowed for MPs’ expenses.

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      Lundavra May 18, 2016 3:40 pm Reply
  • Do you prefer John Swinney running your kids education or a boozed up old Lard like Foukes?
    Did anyone else see the charade that’s meant to represent Democracy today.
    I mean,men in tights,for gauds sake!!!

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    A.Salmon May 18, 2016 3:36 pm Reply
    • Or men in skirts come to that ???

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      Karl Hughes May 18, 2016 3:37 pm Reply
      • Anti Scottish Cobblers!

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        Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 3:46 pm Reply
      • Slippery Jack wore a skirt on some official duty as FM during his tenure.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 6:17 pm Reply
    • That’s funny for someone who has been seen wearing a skirt in public.

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      Lundavra May 18, 2016 5:06 pm Reply
      • Tell us more, seeing we’re in Peyton Place mode.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 6:14 pm Reply
  • Looks like Hosie will be London-based for some time.

    May dictate Sturgeon dropping Hosie to mastermind her initiative to address the concerns of those who voted No in 2014’s referendum, and make the case for Indyref(2).

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    Scotnat May 18, 2016 5:33 pm Reply
    • It will be interesting to see what snippets of ‘pillow talk’ appear in the papers, I doubt either man kept their mouths shut!

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      Richard May 18, 2016 8:43 pm Reply
      • Fishwife cobblers from weasel

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        Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 8:48 pm Reply
  • Murdoch I would hardly call the Barnett money crumbs.

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    Plugit May 18, 2016 6:13 pm Reply
    • Cobblers upon cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 6:41 pm Reply
    • If you vote to let your partner country gat all the gravy and the cream, then you are deservedly on the crumbs.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 8:54 pm Reply
      • MM, don’t you have any faith in the SG to grow the economy, increase the tax take through greater employment or are you really saying they won’t achieve and really wish they hadn’t got the devolved powers.
        No more excuses, get on and govern.

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        Richard May 18, 2016 9:08 pm Reply
        • Cobblers,plain and simple,Simple.

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          Nae Fear Here May 18, 2016 9:22 pm Reply
        • Devolved powers are no powers, that’s why we got them. As an Argyll man said “Devolution will kill Nationalism stone dead”. Tony Blair, for all his faults felt that it was a dangerous step and his nightmare came true in Alex Salmond’s brilliant leadership of the Nationalist movement.
          We either stand on our own feet or we get kept. I’ve never been kept as an individual since I left school and I don’t want my country to be kept either. Playing at shops is what little girls do. Playing at Government is no different. It’s the real thing or nothing for me mate.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 18, 2016 10:35 pm Reply
          • I could’ve sworn that it was Tony Blair who got the devolution ball rolling.

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            Robert Wakeham May 19, 2016 12:50 am
  • Robert,

    Not Gladstone then?

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    jake May 22, 2016 1:41 am Reply
    • Really got the ball rolling, to the point where it gained momentum.

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      Robert Wakeham May 22, 2016 3:06 am Reply

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