Yesterday Labour MSP Michael McMahon decided to bring some levity into the chamber in a heated debate regarding Alex Salmond having to correct his statement to Holyrood about employment in the Scottish renewable industry.
As Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick called for order, Mr McMahon decided to unveil his Al Pacino impression.
“You’re out of order!” he shouted, recalling Pacino’s words as lawyer Arthur Kirkland in “And Justice For All” in 1979.
Sadly, Ms Marwick failed to see the funny side of the intervention, suspending Mr McMahon for a day. Granted, I have seen better impressions of Mr Pacino, but it was not that bad, was it?
Mind you, it would have given Mr McMahon an extra day to practice his next intervention – maybe he will re-enact Jack Nicolson’s famous portrayal of Colonel Nathan R Jessep in “A Few Good Men” when next Mr Salmond speaks at First Minister’s Questions – “You can’t handle the truth!”
Posted by, and this is the real me, Paul McConville