Less tears more action

Maggie Millar
Maggie Millar

The Syrian refugee crisis continued to dominate the news this past week – and political reaction to it surprised me no end.

We had First Minister Nicola Sturgeon fighting back tears on the telly – tapping into the general sentiment of the public when faced with harrowing images of a little boy washed up on a beach.

Then a day or two later, she announced Scotland would take in 1000 refugees.

To put that number in perspective, it represents a mere 0.02 per cent of Scotland’s 5,347,000-strong population.

Compare that to Germany, which is expected to take in 800,000 migrants in ONE YEAR.

I’m not suggesting we match that figure, but surely we could do much better?

One thing is for sure, Angela Merkel behaves like a leader – less tears and more action.

On a much happier note, I had a house full of kids at the weekend for my son’s birthday party.

In the past, I’ve always held birthday parties at other venues around town but I thought it was time to bite the bullet and open my front door.

I learned a few things. One, it forced me to really clean my house, which is no mean feat.

Two, I don’t have the guts to select just one winner at musical statues (thereby leaving the finalists in a state of total confusion).

Three, don’t think for a minute being a professional children’s entertainer is easy money.

An exhausted Jamie the Jester got mauled so many times during his (brilliant) show, he must have wished he could have magicked himself back to Leven.

A good sport and a good party – thanks for coming folks!