10 February 2009

It's a rough old world

The First Minister's night of the sgian dubh is a reminder of the sheer brutality of political life.

It is understandable that, in circumstances of egregious error or malfeasance, a Minister may be obliged to fall on his sword. But that does not appear to be the case for today's three sackings.

Not that we will ever have a full explanation - are they carrying the can for wider difficulties? or not really up to the job? Or is it simply that their faces don't fit? And did they truly deserve such public defenestration?

So, regardless of political allegiances, my sympathies to Ms Fabiani, Ms Watt and Mr Maxwell.


subrosa said...

I don't think it's a case of removing any because of incompetence, it could well be a move which was planned some time ago. Most government change ministers during a term of office.

Alex Salmond possibly thinks he now has the hard hitting team he requires to push through the referendum.

Nothing sinister.

Anonymous said...

Maxwell the sports minister was clearly a lightweight and Ms Fabiani was enthusiastic but little more. The replacements are probasbly more competent but the SNP's emphasis on populist decisions will be inadequate over the next year and the normal tough decisions of government will have to start being made. We shall see if the new ministers prove any more capable of making them.