Wendy Alexander has a high opinion of this person, so what does that say about Wendy?

My regular reader may recall previous postings about Pauline McNeill, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin and occasional blogger (although I see that stopped the moment she won the election – well done Pauline).  Ms McNeill was one of those behind the Wendy Alexander putsch and has been rewarded with the Justice portfolio in the shadow cabinet.  Ms McNeill did a law degree at Strathclyde, although in my experience of her work within the Parliament in the Justice committee, you can’t tell she has any legal knowledge (and not in a good way – see her comments during the land reform debates as one example.  There are others.  She is a politician with hidden – or not so hidden – shallows).  Those of you furth of Scotland won’t have had the opportunity to see Ms McNeill in action.  However, Wendy has decided Ms McNeill is an appropriate individual to give Wendy a human face.  Whether or not the face is acceptable to you, well have a look at Pauline’s gracious acceptance speech at the last election.  For other comment on Wendy’s reshuffle see the always readbale J Arthur McNumpty blog.

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5 Responses to Wendy Alexander has a high opinion of this person, so what does that say about Wendy?

  1. burkesworks says:

    Those of you furth of Scotland won’t have had the opportunity to see Ms McNeill in action.
    Oh, some of us here in England know all about Pauline McNeill. I refer you to my comments posted on the night of the Scottish election results.
    However, Wendy has decided Ms McNeill is an appropriate individual to give Wendy a human face.
    For some values of “human”. Wendy Alexander will be “Hamble” for evermore, thanks to .

  2. The Law School at Strathclyde recently moved buildings and at its official (re)opening ex-staff, alumni etc were invited for a drinks/buffet reception. At the end of the evening I had the misfortune of sharing a lift with Ms McNeill who rather loudly (in a rather small lift bear in mind) and rather aggressively insisted she “remembered” the last time she had seen the great Professor John Sinclair: “the last time a’ seen yoo wus when we wur dain aw aboot they prescriptions and stuff,”* frightening him into admitting he, too, remembered seeing her on television once or twice.
    My friend and I who were watching this in fascination discussed later how loud and aggressive she seemed. Fast-Forward to her May election victory and our point was proved exactly (as your video illustrates).
    *I may have exaggerated this slightly, but I’m sure the point is made and gotten.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I could hardly believe this news, and it really does betray the utter paucity of ability in the Labour ranks. Pauline McNeill and Justice do not go together very well, as her performance throughout the entire length and breadth of the Shirley McKie affair so eloquently demonstrated. It was she who is singled out in Shirley McKie’s book (The Price of Innocence, p123) as barracking Michael Russell with repeated cries of ‘Rubbish’ when Russell was initially attempting to bring the McKie case to the attention of Parliament. 4 years later Pauline chaired the ‘Justice’ committee’s farcical ‘inquiry’ into the matter – now that really was rubbish.
    I saw Wendy on Newsnight Scotland tonight – singularly evasive and unimpressive. Bring back Jack.

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