Monday, 24 August 2009
I never thought I'd be praising Malcolm Chisholm MSP, but today I do. While senior members of the Labour party mounted an attack on the Justice Secretary in concert with the strident chorus of Conservative and Lib Dem members over the Megrahi decision, Malcolm Chisholm got to his feet and spoke with principled dignity, indicating his agreement with the decision reached by Kenny MacAskill. I hope that his party colleagues were listening carefully; his contribution should remind them of the principles which used to run through the Labour party but which seem sadly lacking now. A courageous contribution from the MSP for North and Leith, he and I disagree on many points in politics and we'll continue to disagree but I admire his determination in this instance to do what he believes to be right rather than buckle under political opportunism.