So Kezia Dugdale, Labour MSP, has decided to step down this summer from her role as an MSP. I know there will be glowing tributes from many, even the SNP, but to be honest I don’t think we will notice that Kezia isn’t in Holyrood any more.
Kezia will be joining the John Smith Centre for Public Service at Glasgow University in July (who thinks these things up). To be honest these things always just feel like a job for the boys and girls for me who have failed at some other walk of life. The Centre is named after former Labour Leader John Smith and was opened in 2014 and endorced across the political spectrum. The centre is Chaired by John Smith’s daughter Catherine Smith and also includes John Smiths wife The Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill, Ruth Davidson, Andrew Wilson (Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland), Ed Balls, Anne Anderson (British Council), Matt Carter (former General Secretary of the Labour Party), David Muir (former Director of Startegy for Gordon Brown). Do you see where this is going? No idea who funds them but you can bet that some public money is going into this one, as well as, donations. No doubt some students or something will benefit from this Centre in memory of John Smith but I am always cynical about of these type of things as they achieve little, or appear to, and more often than not are there to promote the status quo.
Catherine Smith has said “We are very much looking forward to working with her as she leads our strategic, research and outreach activities and takes the Centre to the next stage of its development.” yeah she really said that. Kezia has said “Throughout my career I have taken on tough and challenging tasks, and my next task is to rebuild faith in our politics. “Disruptive events and the rise of populism has led to increasingly polarised and emotional politics where rational, evidence-based thinking has lost its standing. Faith in public service, politics and the political process has to be restored and that progress must be sustainable. “John Smith said ‘the opportunity to serve our country – that is all we ask’. It will be an honour to build on his legacy and inspire his values of public service in a new generation. I wonder if Kezia has put any thought into why this is the case, it couldn’t be the toxic attacks on the poor started by Labour and promoted by the Tories and Liberal Democrats. It couldn’t be the lies of the Better Together campaign, it couldn’t be the fact that far too many politicians are bereft of any decensy and honesty.
Nicola Sturgeon has said “I wish @kezdugdale the very best for the future. As political opponents, she and I have had our fair share of clashes over the years, but I think she is a big loss to @scottishlabour and to @ScotParl. I hope she enjoys her new challenge.” Anyone think that Nicola Sturgeon believes what she is saying, I certainly don’t. Kezia Dugdale for me was always out of her depth, she encouraged Labout voters to vote Tory in 2017 at the General Election, possibly helping the Tories gain seats. Kezia who abandoned her constituents to go on I’m Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and used the fee to buy a flat, of course while being paid from the public purse when she was away on the show.
I won’t shed a tear that Kezia Dugdale is going, I’m not surprised where she is going, and in the long run the more of the type of politician like Kezia are out of our parliament the better our politics might become.
THE CREEPY CLIQUE BY SOUNDS OF IT.
AND THEY ALL SEEM TO BE PART THE “ONE GROUP” THAT HAVE DONE LITTLE OVER THE LAST 9 years TO HELP SCOTS GET BETTER DEAL FROM WESTMINSTER
This scottish QUANGO seem to be selfserving
but i could be proved wrong if they care to explain their achievements over these years whilst
UNIONIST POLITICIANS HAVE STARVED THE PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND WITH AUSTERITY
I had never heard of the centre to be honest and it just feels like a job for the boys and when you look at the board, right wing boys. It also amazes me how many poor politicians who have added little to public life walk into these roles, Kezia Dugdale May have done some charity stuff or something but she won’t be missed. She is just another Brit Nat who did her best to keep Scotland subservient to England.
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A shower of bland, arrogant, human beings. The types who seem to get wages three or 4 times the average wage for doing non jobs. If you do the bidding of the brit state this is what is created when you are looking for something to keep you in comfort. Wilson should be ashamed of himself. The token jock nat. A wee smoke screen for an old system of networks. The British system of patronage for those and such as those well alive in Scotland today.
It certainly feels like if you serve the British state they will throw enough your way to make you comfortably middle class for the rest of your life. Just jobs for the boys and it makes me sick. None even know how much money is wasted in this stuff when thousands go hungry, the U.K. is a disgusting state, as bad as the Israeli Government are.
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Finally Kezia makes a genuine contribution to Scottish politics by standing down as an MSP. This might be the first thing she has ever done to benefit Scotland and its people
Good points. I just have to wonder what makes the centre think that Kezia Dugdale can do anything she has been appointed to do, she is divisive and not very astute. I don’t think she is bad person per say but way out of her depth.
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At least she is not bald
How do you know.