Friday, 5 December 2008

From the Office of John Swinney MSP

Sometimes, it's best to read a press release before you issue it.
Then you won't end up asking journalists to delete it, as happened with this rather amusing one. The first is the original press release, the two beneath are requests to ignore it.

Obviously, I'm sure the Cabinet Secretary does like doing surgery's really.............

-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk [mailto:Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk]
Sent: 03 December 2008 15:06
Subject: News Release from John Swinney




News Release from John Swinney MSP

Attn: News Desk
For Immediate Release
Photo Desk
Friday 21st November 2008

SWINNEY TO HOLD CONSTITUENCY SURGERIES

Mr John Swinney, SNP member of the Scottish Parliament for

North Tayside will be holding constituency surgeries in December.

John Swinney endeavours to hold surgeries around his

constituency as often as possible. He regularly has

appointments in his constituency office in Blairgowrie but

travels around North Tayside to meet those who cannot attend

meetings in the office.

John Swinney will be holding surgeries at the following

locations on Monday 15th December 2008.

Pitlochry, Town Hall – 10.00 – 11.00

Aberfeldy, Breadalbane Academy - 11.30 – 12.30

Dunkeld, Birnam Institute – 1.00 – 2.00

Scone, Robert Douglas Memorial Institute – 2.30 – 3.30

Coupar Angus, Town Hall – 4.00 – 5.00

Commenting on the upcoming surgery John Swinney said,

“God I hate these things!!!!!!!!!!

“These surgeries are an important element of my portfolio as a

representative of the people of North Tayside.

“They provide me with an opportunity to travel around the

constituency and meet those who are not able to meet me in my

constituency office.

“I encourage the constituents who wish to see me to come along

to one of the surgeries, to make an appointment to meet with me

simply phone 0125... .”

END
Contact: Stephen Carter
0125...

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-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk [mailto:Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk]
Sent: 03 December 2008 15:08
Subject: Previous Press Release

Dear All
Please immediately disregard the previous press release.
Yours Sincerely
Stephen Carter
-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk [mailto:Stephen.Carter@scottish.parliament.uk]
Sent: 03 December 2008 15:10
Subject: Previous Press Release

Deal All
I would be very much grateful if the previous press release would be immediately deleted.
I am sorry for this inconvenience
Yours sincerely
Stephen Carter

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6 comments:

Stuart Winton said...

Perhaps no one would have noticed but for the frantic follow up pleas to delete the original :0)

Anonymous said...

Wow ! an honest politician.

Jim said...

Stuart, I have to say you're probably right.

A press release on "MSP Does Surgeries" is probably not that high on a news agenda.

Jim said...

Anonymous,

I partially agree, but if it was honest, the press release would say something like "I hate doing these, but I have to"

Then wouldn't have tried to withdraw it.

McChatterer said...

I hate Blackberries too.

Or - do you think he meant something else?

Anonymous said...

John Swinney is an excellent MSP. He is approachable, down to Earth and is simply a nice guy who is completely committed to his constituents.