Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:56 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Margo MacDonald Margo MacDonald Independent 3:56 pm, 8th March 2007

Although I do not wish to comment on many of the issues that Brian Monteith covered, I do not wish to be part of what can look like a kangaroo court. He was accused of offending against the Parliament's rules, but he was not given an opportunity to answer. He should have been given that opportunity. If he had, we would not see the puzzled faces that we now see around the chamber. People are unsure about what they are being asked to vote on.

We need the clarity that Mark Ballard mentioned, because there is great confusion throughout the Parliament about how embargos are used.

Brian Monteith was not given the chance to face his detractors and accusers. I thought that the chance to do that was a basic element of what we call justice.