- Alfie Baron
Scottish Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Mark McDonald, recently resigned from government due to 'inappropriate' behaviour.
In a statement he said:
"Some of my previous actions have been considered to be inappropriate - where I have believed myself to have been merely humorous or attempting to be friendly, my behaviour might have made others uncomfortable or led them to question my intentions.So, what can be serious enough for Mark McDonald to resign as a Minister, but not serious enough to resign as an MSP?
"My behaviour is entirely my responsibility and I apologise unreservedly to anyone I have upset or who might have found my behaviour inappropriate.
"In light of my position in government, I believe it would not be appropriate for me to continue to serve in my role in the Scottish Government at this time and I have tendered my resignation as a minister."
Whilst being interviewed Nicola Sturgeon said: "I am not going to say any more about the detail of that because as well as Mark’s position these situations, of course, involve the privacy and confidentiality of women."
So. the First Minister mentions situations and women - are we to believe there is more to this that first meets the eye?
What else haven't we learnt yet?
Nicola Sturgeon said the following on camera:
Mark’s reasons for resigning were set out at the weekend. He has reflected on his behaviour having had things brought to his attention and aspects of his behaviour that he thought was humorous or friendly he now knows made certain women feel uncomfortable. He’s done the right thing by taking responsibility for that. I am not going to say any more about the detail of that because as well as Mark’s position these situations, of course, involve the privacy and confidentiality of women, and if we are to encourage women to come forward and raise concerns then it is important that they know that their privacy can be respected.
Mark has reflected and taken responsibility for behaviour that some others may well have thought was not serious enough to resign but he’s done the right thing and taken responsibility. He is going to continue his work as an MSP. He is a good MSP and he will continue to be so.