Flu and Kez

Tuesday November 28th 2017

Christine Grahame MSP in Parliament Main

Christine Graham MSP writes her monthly column for Midlothian View.

Get your flu vaccine.

Now this is a Cri de Coeur as the French would say and its not too late. Why am I so adamant? Well because I never bothered and indeed never have, and have ended up with a real doze of flu. And I do mean flu, not a cold. I have no runny nose, no cough, no sore throat.

What I do have is aching limbs and muscles, the strength of a kitten and need lots of rest and sleep. This is week two and I am still as they say “no right”. It is all my own fault of course and you can bet your boots that next year I will be at the front of the queue for the jag.

However, every cloud has a silver lining as Mr Smokey would say (rescue cat). Big Cat Mum (me) at home all the time, he prances for Scotland and was quite upset this morning ( I am going home soon back to the couch and the cosy cardy) when I briefly popped into the office to pick up the lap-top. In the meantime, I am trying to keep on top of e-mails and cases with the help of the one member of staff who has also not succumbed. Please bear with us.

Kezia and I’m Not a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

Now I like Kezia as a person. She is bright, articulate and can make great speeches but for the life of me I cannot fathom why she did such a daft thing. Is it the money? Is it revenge on labour colleagues, cocking a snook at them? Is it the preamble to another career exiting politics?

In the meantime, what of her constituents? Does she have no cases? Does she hold surgeries? I have been just one week out of total action and even I need to keep my finger on the e-mails. I think it says a great deal about her work-load.

In the meantime, it’s back to the couch, the lap-top, Baxter’s soup and feeling sorry for myself. But I won’t be watching anyone, not least Kezia, faffing about for fifth rate entertainment while having the privilege of MSP after their name.

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