Poetry in unusual places

30 Oct

The Scottish Parliament Outer Wall

The Outer Wall of The Scottish Parliament

Oh those politicians, they do like to liven up their speeches with a little quote from a poem or a song.  Heard this week in The Scottish Parliament was Bill Wilson an SNP MSP for the West of Scotland, quoting from not one, but two poems.  Firstly Walter Wingate

Sirs, row in; ye may as weel
Fish till a’ the licht is lost
Fish till day begins to speel
Ye’ll get naething but a hoast.

And secondly, that old favorite William Topaz MaGonagle.

A pathetic tale of the sea I will unfold
Enough to make one’s blood run cold.

The debate in which Mr Wilson was speaking was on the Marine (Scotland) Bill, which I am sure you will all be pleased to hear passed at Stage One.  If you are interested enough to read Mr Wilsons speech it can be found at The Scottish Parliament Official Report.  A Lump in the Throat will keep you informed of any further poetic outpourings in the devolved body.

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One Response to “Poetry in unusual places”

  1. Andrew Philip November 2, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    Good old Bill Wilson. He always has a more interesting, entertaining way of approaching a subject than most of his fellow MSPs. I was in the chamber for that speech, though I didn’t report it.

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