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Did DCMS stitch up Miliband and Clegg over WWI wreaths?


With Ed Miliband slammed for not preparing a hand-written note on a WWI memorial poppy wreath — before it subsequently emerged that David Cameron was the only dignitary to have signed his ‘from’ card — this is a VERY awkward quote from Poppy Scotland:

“Our normal procedure is that we would just send the cards directly with the wreaths.

“We were asked to send [the cards] to the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) and the wreaths were sent through to Glasgow in advance, but the blank cards to London.”

There are strict rules on the political impartiality of the civil service.

So having received the cards in derogation from “normal procedure”, who at DCMS offered the Tory prime minister the opportunity to sign his card — but not the Lib Dem deputy prime minister or Labour opposition leader?

UPDATE: Official DCMS line …

“The same wreaths and pre-written messages were provided to all wreath layers. Some chose to write personalised messages.”

Scrapbook understands that (a) Cameron’s office asked for a card in advance and it was added to the wreath in the morning and (b) that no one was given time on the morning to write a message — but some wreath layers bought their own message or wreath and substituted it on the morning.

Fake Lib Dem councillor sends cybernats into overdrive

A Twitter account purporting to be a Lib Dem councillor has sent cybernats into overdrive — with a Commonwealth Games rendition of Aidan Burley:

Fake Lib Dem tweet on Glasgow

But there is no councillor in the country by this name and the picture used is of a Lebanese singer by the name of Magida El Roumi:

Magida El Roumi

Top trolling.

Simpsons’ Groundskeeper Willie prompts Scottish Parliament motion

In what has come as a huge blow for Glasgow City Council, The Simpsons writer Rob Lazebnik has revealed that Groundskeeper Willie — described by The Times as “the most recognisable Scot in the world” — officially hails from Kirkwall in Orkney. The news has prompted something of a diplomatic spat between Orkney Council and their counterparts in Scotland’s biggest city, who feature him on their list of famous Glaswegians.

The council were quickly backed up by their local MSP Liam McArthur. In what is doubtless a valuable use of parliamentary resources, a motion was filed in the Scottish Parliament:

*S4M-01921 Liam McArthur: Hands off Groundskeeper Willie — That the Parliament notes that it has been confirmed that Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons fame hails from Kirkwall, Orkney; understands that the revelation is made in an episode entitled The Daughter Also Rises, to be broadcast in America on 12 February 2012, where Willie confides in Bart that his father was a ‘doonie’ and his mother was an ‘uppie’, in reference to the two teams in the world-famous ‘Ba game’ … and calls on Glasgow City Council to renounce its claim to Orkney’s Groundskeeper Willie as a son of that fair city.

Scrapbook can now report that justice has been done, with the local authority updating their “famous Glaswegians” list as follows:

“Groundskeeper Willie – from the Simpsons.  Once claimed he was ‘the ugliest man in Glasgow’, but now says he is from Orkney.”

Other entrants on the list include Donald Duck’s uncle, erm, Scrooge McDuck.

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