Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:45 pm on 28th November 2001.

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Photo of Dorothy-Grace Elder Dorothy-Grace Elder Independent 12:45 pm, 28th November 2001

I do not intend to make a speech; I just want to make one or two points. This is a particularly nasty and horrible day in politics, which is a pretty nasty business overall. I do not like to see individuals hurt and there are many hurt hearts here today. My comments are on the question of experience, rather than an attack on individuals.

I admit that I was deeply shocked yesterday, because the events were like "The Poseidon Adventure". I woke up to find that, overnight, the ship of state had overturned. In fact, "The Poseidon Adventure" had a happier ending, as a few people got out alive, whereas Captain Jack has sunk almost the lot of them. In welcoming the First Minister to the very worst job in Scotland, I ask him whether he would board the Arran ferry if he knew that it had a totally untried crew.