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A Labour MSP has been criticised after he accused an SNP councillor of using a family funeral in order to avoid an official meeting with the Dalai Lama.
 
Ken Macintosh, the Labour MSP for Eastwood, attacked what he called “suspect behaviour” after the Dundee Lord Provost, Bob Duncan, was forced to pull out of a planned meeting with the spiritual leader in order to attend a family funeral.

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Brian Taylor’s Big Debate’ the Labour MSP attacked the SNP who he claimed had been pressurised by the Chinese Government into downgrading the visit from the Tibetan Buddhist leader.

Speaking, Mr Macintosh said: “In this case what looks to have happened is that pressure has been put on the SNP to withdraw.”

Asked what evidence he had to back his claims, Mr Macintosh said that the SNP run council had asked that a council logo be removed from an event brochure.  The Labour MSP then angered many in the audience when commenting on the family funeral explanation he said:

“It depends on whether or not you think these are … genuine reasons or whether these are excuses for some suspect behaviour.”

The accusation brought an angry reaction from fellow panellist member, Stewart Maxwell who called the comments “disgraceful”.

Mr Maxwell, an SNP MSP for the West of Scotland, pointed out that the local SNP MSP Joe Fitpatrick was meeting with the Dalai Lama as were several other high profile SNP MSPs including Linda Fabiani and the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer, SNP MSP Tricia Marwick, who was holding an official reception for the Buddhist leader.

Mr Maxwell added: “To cast aspersions on the Lord Provost of Dundee who is having to attend a family funeral today and who has said he will come from the family funeral and meet with the Dalai Lama at the reception afterwards I think is absolutely disgraceful.”

Mr Macintosh has since denied making the remarks, saying claims he accused the Dundee Provost of using the funeral as an “excuse” were untrue.  Responding to fellow panellist, Jackson Carlaw – Mr Macintosh labelled the Conservative MSP an “SNP apologist” after both men exchanged tweets.

The Dalai Lama will travel to Inverness and Edinburgh as part of his tour.  In Edinburgh, run by an SNP/Labour coalition, he will visit the National Library to view literature on Tibet.

On Saturday, Highland council which is run by an SNP led coalition, will fund a visit to Inverness Eden Court where a reception will be held.

A spokesman for the council said: ''The council is supporting the visit and the leader Drew Hendry and convener Jimmy Gray will greet him on his arrival at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness at lunch time on Saturday."

Comments  

 
# Marga B 2012-06-22 17:33
Sadly, nothing new.
 
 
# rhymer 2012-06-22 20:37
Quoting Marga B:
Sadly, nothing new.


Just the usual Labour lies, sleaze and innuendo.
....as gleefully reported on the BBC.
 
 
# border reiver 2012-06-22 17:41
Theres not much lower the Labour party can go than this, it beggars belief that they can accuse someone of ducking out of a meeting because they are attending a family funeral.

This is a quote by Harry Truman on Richard Nixon which would apply to most labour politicians.

"He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in".
 
 
# rgweir 2012-06-22 18:13
If this had come from an SNP MSP the Beeb would have fed on it for a week or more.
 
 
# Juteman 2012-06-22 18:21
Maybe NNS will let me post this here? I posted it an hour ago on another thread, and it never appeared.
On STV news tonight, the Dalai Lhama met and shook hands with Bob Duncan, the LP.
The STV reporter was excellent. He had wee Wullie Rennie saying yeah but no nut yeah but no, and Rennie ended up looking foolish.
At the sign off, the reportrt said it looked like it could have been a political stunt from the Lab/Lib squad.
Well done Craig Millar the reporter.
 
 
# nchanter 2012-06-22 18:23
I thought there was one (other than Malcolm Chisolm) that had a smidgen of integrity but sadly Ken MacIntosh has let Scotland and himself down badly, the Labour party does not matter in this regard. He is no servant of the Scottish people.
 
 
# clochoderic 2012-06-22 18:38
Quoting nchanter:
I thought there was one (other than Malcolm Chisolm) that had a smidgen of integrity but sadly Ken MacIntosh has let Scotland and himself down badly, the Labour party does not matter in this regard. He is no servant of the Scottish people.


Agreed, nc - I thought Mr. MacIntosh above this kind of behaviour. Beyond the one honourable exception you have already mentioned I am struggling to think of 1 SLAB politician who seems to have any dignity at all.
 
 
# Stravaiger 2012-06-22 21:31
Like nchanter and clochoderic, I am deeply disappointed in Ken MacIntosh. I have met him and have always considered him to be in the Malcolm Chisholm mould, a man of intelligence and integrity.

Very sad.
 
 
# Old Smokey 2012-06-22 18:37
Ken Macintosh is an absolute disgrace! He jumped with both feet into the idiotic rant that the SNP were somehow snubbing the Dalai Lama, which was clearly untrue. Then he clearly stated on Radio as per the recording that 'genuine reasons or whether these are excuses for some suspect behaviour'
Which in itself is disgraceful, but instead of apologising for the remark, he has the brass neck to actually deny he said it, despite the fact that it was broadcast!
Really Macintosh is nothing more than a time serving creep
 
 
# J Wil 2012-06-22 18:50
The bottom line with this is that the opposition parties are mischief making (again) with this one. Their target is the SNP and they are using the human rights issue as an excuse. That is really below the belt.

What ever the rights and wrongs in China, there will be Scottish jobs at stake.

Perhaps the opposition would prefer to disassociate itself from China all together.

There have been plenty of opportunities to confront the Chinese on human rights issues and they have not been missed.

The LibDems (especially them) and the others are not in a position to be lecturing anyone on principles after throwing their own out with the bathwater.
 
 
# peter,aberdeenshire 2012-06-22 19:15
I heard this live as he said it then listened to the little weasel trying to wriggle out of it. Once more the inbuilt hatred of the SNP by Labour shines through.
 
 
# cuckooshoe 2012-06-22 19:29
Guess what happened last week?

bbc.co.uk/.../...

Leeds City Council is run by Labour..
 
 
# brusque 2012-06-22 19:57
I'm used to Labour misfits opening their mouths and letting their belly rumble; I had actually thought Ken MacIntosh was beyond this kind of thing. I hate it when I'm proved wrong in such a despicable and contemptible fashion.

Still, at least we no longer have to wonder if he would have been a more acceptable Leader than Johann, they are all in it together..........the gutter that is.
 
 
# Massacre1965 2012-06-22 20:29
MacIntosh is a spineless torag. I heard his disgraceful comment live on radio then he tried to say he didn't say what he had just said.
 
 
# Mad Jock McMad 2012-06-22 21:44
The Dali Lama is first and foremost a man who lives his life by the tennets of the Buddhist philosophy when asked what surprised him about human beings he said:

"Man. Because he sacrifices his health to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."

I think that sums up most politicians of the bitter and twisted kind, of any party.

Maybe Mr MacIntosh should ponder a Buddhist Siskapada, the Buddhist footsteps (ten commandments, if you will): Speak only with generosity, kindness and warmth of your fellow man - to speak in anger only leads to loss of harmony and to violence.
 
 
# Edulis 2012-06-22 22:30
The simple point here is that Labour and the Lib Dems are asking the Scottish Government to do what their own party leaders refuse to do and that is to treat it like a state visit when it is patently pastoral. The DL knows that, so there is no embarrassment to him and the SG has got the protocol absolutely right. It is the lickspittles of the Unionist parties who who haven't a clue how to conduct themselves. Of course, if Johann Lamont had any nous she would have dissociated herself from Jenny Marra's original raising of the issue at FM Questions. That is not her style though. She is going along with the Labour strategy to show all issues in Scotland in a bad light.
 
 
# nchanter 2012-06-23 09:30
Quoting Edulis:
The simple point here is that Labour and the Lib Dems are asking the Scottish Government to do what their own party leaders refuse to do and that is to treat it like a state visit when it is patently pastoral. The DL knows that, so there is no embarrassment to him and the SG has got the protocol absolutely right. It is the lickspittles of the Unionist parties who who haven't a clue how to conduct themselves. Of course, if Johann Lamont had any nous she would have dissociated herself from Jenny Marra's original raising of the issue at FM Questions. That is not her style though. She is going along with the Labour strategy to show all issues in Scotland in a bad light.

If I have this right. Could it be applied to the labour party the saying, "those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad. ??
 
 
# cjmasta 2012-06-22 22:39
I really hope that in the future all the funny, absurd and vile comments made by desperate unionist polititions are put into a book where all scots can see what a shower of self serving lunatics have been supposedly representing us and our country for far too long. One of the funniest has to go to lord foulkes whe said that the snp were deliberately making things better in scotland just to stir up resentment in england. I told a friend that one last week and she was in stitches. Maybe we dont have to stoop to their level ever to put the boot in. We've probably got enough comedy amo that noone will ever take them seriously again.
 
 
# Big Eye 2012-06-22 23:28
The people of Eastwood must be deeply ashamed that their MSP behaved in this way.

I believe the Labour Party to be the most contemptible political party ever to exist in Scotland with their lies and innuendo but to criticise someone, anyone, for attending a family funeral does not even reach this base standard

We should make sure he is always reminded of this at every public meeting he ever attends in the future.

Just imagine if an SNP member had said this, the BBC would have interrupted eastenders to bring us the news!
 
 
# Angus 2012-06-23 00:09
I listened to Mr MacIntosh on the radio, he became very insecure when asked to explain the benefits of the 'union'.
I wonder if the British government is a stranger to using China's tactics.. ie bullying?
 
 
# maxstafford 2012-06-23 07:02
This has made me so disgusted I think that if McIntosh was standing next to me right now, there would be a spontaneous 'knuckle-mouth interface'. Apologies, mod team, I think there's only one individual guilty of 'suspect behaviour' here.
 
 
# drumalban 2012-06-23 08:18
I can imagine the Dalai Lama in a quiet mountain retreat, unable to meditate on account of his mind troubled with the overriding worry, "Did Bob Duncan really have a funeral to attend or was he just trying to avoid me like Mr Macintosh says?"
 
 
# mealer 2012-06-23 08:30
Mr Macintosh should be ashamed of himself.
My condolences to the Provost of Dundee.
 
 
# call me dave 2012-06-23 08:35
I see the BBC Scotland page does mention The Newsnet site.

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# Dundonian West 2012-06-23 12:44
Labour has besmirched the Dalai Lama's visit to Scotland,by concocting a non-story.
Shame on every one of them.

"I see the BBC Scotland page does mention The Newsnet site."
Still there at 13:41.
Must be the BBC part time 'undecideds' running the site this weekend!
 
 
# ituna semea 2012-06-23 09:59
Talking about "suspect behaviour" I hope Mr Macintosh is aware that his party in Dundee, with the likes of Tom Moore and George Galloway has "previous" in this respect, no pun intended.
 
 
# Albamac 2012-06-23 13:41
A selection of quotes from readers' comments:

"the usual Labour lies, sleaze and innuendo"
"not much lower the Labour party can go"
"I heard this live as he said it then listened to the little weasel trying to wriggle out of it."
"I'm used to Labour misfits opening their mouths and letting their belly rumble"
"a shower of self serving lunatics"
"I believe the Labour Party to be the most contemptible political party ever to exist in Scotland"
"if McIntosh was standing next to me right now, there would be a spontaneous 'knuckle-mouth interface'"

I know how they feel and I agree with all of them.

I'd be grateful if Newsnet would be kind enough to explain why my comment was removed. I find no fault with it but I'd appreciate some insight into Newsnet's reasoning.
 
 
# lumilumi 2012-06-23 13:46
Unbelievable and contemptible behaviour from Mr Macintosh, and his facilitator, the BBC.

I'm surprised there aren't headlines of Alex Salmond/SNP cosying up to China or some such. That's what they're trying to imply but can't twist the truth quite that far.

China is a tricky subject. There's the human rights factor and environmental concerns but also the fact that it's an economic superpower. I think Alex Salmond achieved a pretty good balance last winter during his visit to China.

I'm also surprised Tian Tian and Yang Guang (the Edinburgh pandas) haven't been dragged into it...
 
 
# Silverytay 2012-06-23 18:55
Nothing anyone in the labour party does , surprises me anymore.
All they are interested in is retaining or regaining power by any means be it fair or fowl .
How anyone with any integrity can keep on supporting this self seeking group of people is beyond me .
It is all about what the labour party can do for them rather than the people they are meant to represent .
If my memory serves me correct they did the same smears and innuendos against Alex Salmond when he had to pull out of { I think it was a question time programme } due to a bereavement .
 
 
# Siôn Jones 2012-06-29 23:07
Just how low can these worms get? For most people meeting the Dalai Lama would be an event of a lifetime, but a family funeral has to come first.

Labour was once a principled and courageous campaigning party, in the vanguard of the struggle for fairness and equality. Look at them now. pathetic and wretched. Very sad, but I am sure they will revive in an Independent Scotland, freed from the yoke of metropolitan subservience imposed from London.
 

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