Just when you thought the SNP’s scomnishambles was over…

Scotland’s SNP Government is having a bit of a torrid time at the moment.

There’s been allegations of ministerial bullying, then the First Minister gets caught out not only misleading Parliament, but doing so in smug and gloaty style, and then the Education Secretary has to make a grovelling apology for an earlier transgression. Not very edifying at all.

So it must have been really gratifying for Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil to get a tweet from someone called @SirIanBlair saying how well the SNP were doing on policing up here. How amazing to have the approval of the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  In fact, they are doing dismally, merging eight forces into one against the wishes of all the smaller forces, which they promised they would do without losing jobs, yet their new Chief Constable reckons 3000 back office jobs could be at risk. But that’s by the by.

Angus must have realised as the conversation progressed that this Sir Ian Blair had to be a spoof account even if he hadn’t looked at the profile where it quite clearly states that fact.

However, someone in the SNP press office didn’t. At 13:14 today, a press release bragging about “Sir Ian’s” comments appeared on the SNP website.

They really did milk “Sir Ian’s” words for everything, rolling out an SNP MSP who sits on  Holyrood’s Justice Committee to self-congratulate the Government.

I do have a little bit of sympathy in my heart for the staffer who mucked up so spectacularly. It could happen to anyone and we all make mistakes, so I hope they don’t get into too much trouble. It is comedy gold, though, particularly following on from the farcical events of the past week. You just wonder what the next Act is going to bring.

And the page where that press release appeared?

Liberal Democrat Justice spokesperson Alison McInnes had this to say:

The SNP are so desperate for support after a torrid few weeks that they are now seeking solace in fictional twitter accounts!

At this rate we can expect an endorsement of their childcare policy from Mary Poppins and praise for their transport strategy from Thomas the Tank Engine.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Barney Thomson 20th Nov '12 - 11:32pm

    Isn’t it illegal to impersonate a policeman?

    Nasty internet trolling at its worst.

  • Richard Shaw 21st Nov '12 - 10:46am

    @ Barney Thomson

    “Isn’t it illegal to impersonate a policeman?”

    Yes, but I don’t believe that extends to an obvious spoof or parody, or even acting on TV or other media. If the Twitter profile didn’t have the words “SPOOF ACCOUNT” then you might be on to something.

    “Nasty internet trolling at its worst.”

    Showing up the SNP with an insincere compliment hardly qualifies as trolling, just ask Tom Daley.

  • Peter Andrews 21st Nov '12 - 6:25pm

    Umm Ian Blair is no longer a policeman anyway

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