Different people have a different appreciation of what the motion process at the Scottish Parliament is for. I can grudgingly accept that there is a tenuous benefit in hoping (fruitlessly) that Scotland will win the Rugby World Cup (Graeme Dey MSP) or wishing an Estate a Happy Birthday (Jackie Baillie MSP) but using the process to aim an easy smack at a rival politician for silly comments when the comments weren’t even made in (and that politician doesn’t even sit in) the Parliament is definitely pushing things.
So step forward Sandra White, SNP MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, for the below, Better Nation’s Worst Motion of the Week (though James “can quite imagine putting it down”)

Motion S4M-00703 – Sandra White ( Glasgow Kelvin ) ( Scottish National Party ) : Struan Stevenson MEP, Unacceptable Use of Language
That the Parliament expresses deep concern at what it considers to be Struan Stevenson’s MEP’s outrageously insensitive comments in Ballantrae on 9 August 2011 at a meeting in support of Communities Against Turbines (Scotland) which he titled as “the Renewable Rape of Scotland”; considers this use of language to be unacceptable and deeply insulting to all who have been sexually assaulted, and calls on all decent minded people to disassociate themselves from what it views as his disgraceful remarks.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Christina McKelvie, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Marco Biagi, Graeme Dey, Adam Ingram, Gil Paterson, George Adam, Chic Brodie, John Finnie, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Humza Yousaf

Struan Stevenson sits in the European Parliament and Ballantrae is a long way from the debating chamber at Holyrood so what precisely Sandra is hoping to achieve from this motion, other than crassly publicising what itself is a very crass comment, is unclear.

Going down the road of parties using the Parliament’s procedures to lob ‘he said this, she said that’ barbs at each other would be a regrettable scenario, particularly when we already have a procedure in place for that – press releases.

Sandra does not need to hang her head lower than Struan does due to his ill-conceived remarks being considerably worse than a dodgy motion but this, nonetheless, was a poor example of a parliamentary motion and that’s why it deserves this week’s accolade.