And it is in this role that he has made a promise – albeit one which, technically, is not within his gift to make – to accept any and all homosexual Ugandans fleeing persecution.
In his letter Mr Yousaf has urged Mr Hague “to offer asylum to any Ugandans who feels threatened or persecuted by the legislation”, adding that “Scotland will play her part in providing asylum for those seeking refuge from this draconian legislation”.
He adds that during the Games “no one from any part of the Commonwealth who visits Scotland will be under any doubt about our values as a welcoming, open and tolerant society”.
“No one from any part of the Commonwealth who visits Scotland will be under any doubt about our values as a welcoming, open and tolerant society.”
I am unsure if he sees votes in this or if he has convinced himself that this is accurate, but I can vouch from personal and observational experience that Scots can be just as intolerant and narrow-minded as the next nasty little tosser. That said, I assume that the next time he appears on Russia Today, he will make a similar appeal against Putin’s gay-baiting.
All the same, at least it is more coherent and pertinent than the Fish-heid’s recent undergraduate-style gag:
Mr Salmond says he hopes an Aberdeen appearance by the man who levied a short-lived windfall tax on the oil industry will damage the No campaign.
He said: “I’ve bought him a bus ticket from London to Aberdeen to make sure he gets here.”
“I realise a private jet would be more his style but I just can’t afford that.”
As if he doesn’t receive a ministerial salary or couldn’t claim it on expenses, or travels around Scotland on Megabus himself.