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Monday, December 13, 2010

On the matter of the weather #1

One strange side-effect of the weather here has been the presence in the news of the (now ex-)Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson. He was all over the tabloid front pages because he originally attempted to justify his department's inadequate response to the problems caused by the snow on Scottish roads last week by claiming that the weather forecasters had failed to predict it. Faced with incontrovertible evidence that they had in fact predicted it quite accurately, he blustered and kept on blaming everyone but himself. Eventually he became such a laughing-stock he was forced to resign. What makes it strange for me is that before he entered politics Stewart Stevenson was a senior manager in the Bank of Scotland IT centre, and for eighteen months or so at the end of the 1980s he was my head of department. I have to say that I would not have predicted this past week's stupidity from him, as he always seemed a pretty bright guy, though he could never be accused of underestimating his own worth (the man could give Zaphod Beeblebrox a run for his money in any egotism contest). Anyway, seeing satirical caricatures of one's ex-boss all across the nation's front pages is rather odd.


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