The chap in the picture below, holding a placard with his name on it so that he doesn’t forget it, is Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Greene.
He could probably do with writing a few other things on there too.
That’s because he’s the Tories’ shadow minister for “Technology Connectivity, Digital Economy & Broadcast”, but today he tweeted this:
And those grim stats would all be well and good as an SNP BAD attack – although we can’t find anything called the “Scottish Government Scorecard 2016” anywhere – were it not for one slightly inconvenient fact.
The fact that telecommunications are reserved to Westminster.
So in fact, the eager young would-be minister had in fact launched a stinging rebuke against, er, his own party’s government in London for its abominable performance in bringing modern communications to Scotland.
Under much chortling from Nat types, Greene deleted the tweet shortly afterwards, though not (of course) before alert readers had saved it for posterity.
The young MSP arrived at Holyrood via the list system, having been comprehensively rejected for the constituency seat of Cunninghame North at this year’s election with less than half the vote of the SNP’s Kenny Gibson. He also trailed in a distant third for the Westminster seat of North Ayrshire and Arran in 2015, where he might have actually been able to have some effect on network coverage.
Fortunately, as the ambitions of Ruth Davidson’s party were limited to running for second place at Holyrood, it doesn’t matter how spectacularly and comically clueless her shadow team are about their responsibilities.
Even so, readers might feel it was a smart idea to equip them with at least the basics about the competencies of the Scottish Parliament before letting them loose on Photoshop and Twitter.
And they might fret that with no credible opposition to the SNP other than a handful of hopelessly-unqualified braying twits on one side and a load of repeatedly-rejected old dinosaurs on the other, in the interests of good governance it wasn’t a good thing for Scotland to be facing a decade when the media’s idiotic wailing about a “one-party state” was – albeit for different reasons – rather closer to the truth than anyone was entirely comfortable with.