Tommorrow, there is a Public Petitions Committee debate in the Scottish Parliament on knife crime.
The debate has been organised by the committee in response to the petition by John Muir whose son was stabbed to death in 2007. The committee bring together for the first time a wide cross-section of groups and individuals affected by knife crime such as the victims, young people, police, the legal profession, community groups and medical staff.
The organisers stated their desire for the debate to provide a real opportunity for people’s voices to be heard, to create fresh thinking on how to tackle knife culture and map out where we go from here.
The Scottish Parliament media team describe it as a "catalyst for change"
Given the circumstances surrounding this debate, given the importance of the subject matter, and given Kenny MacAskill's many pronouncements on this subject, you'd think the Justice Secretary would actually be there wouldn't you?
You'd be wrong. He's off to Canada for a Burns Supper. Nice to see he has got his priorities right.