This isn’t a spoof, although you would be forgiven for thinking it was.
A Tory MSP today attacked the RSPB’s petition to have the golden eagle formally recognised as our national bird because apparently this species is symbolic of the Nazis.
You really couldn’t make this up.
When Duncan Orr-Ewing (RSPB Scotland) and wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan were preparing for possible questions at today’s petition hearing at Holyrood, they probably never envisaged such a bizarre, aggressive and frankly absurd attack from Jackson Carlaw MSP, a member of the Public Petitions Committee. They handled it remarkably well.
Carlaw, who bears a striking similarity to Jim Davidson in more ways than one, is a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, representing West Scotland (see here).
We’re still waiting for the video of today’s proceedings to be published but when it is, we’ll add a link here so you can watch it yourself.
Meanwhile, just google ‘Jackson Carlaw eagle’ to get a flavour of how the press are reporting it.
The petition itself will now lead to a public consultation in due course.
UPDATE 29th JANUARY 2014: THE VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH FOR ONE MONTH. VIEW IT HERE!