So, how do you square that guy with the Donald Gorrie who stood up at the Fraser Inquiry and trashed Donald Dewar
's reputation, who says the whole Holyrood Parliament is simply a monument to dead Donald's ego and worse, that only Dewar
, a Glaswegian, shock horror, would have sited it where it is.
Scottish National Party leader John Swinney MSP said: 'No matter what side of the political fence you stand on, Donald Dewar
was a remarkable man who believed passionately in his politics and in Scotland.
While the rest of Scotland was revolted by Philip Chalmers' actions which betrayed Dewar
's trust, betrayed his wife and family and in drink-driving risked the lives of innocent people, Dewar
found it appropriate to praise him.
, 20, was jailed for stabbing 17-year-old Joshua Mitchell to death in Inverness in March 2008.
And he told the Fraser Inquiry: "There was a risk that someone in his position confused what is good for Scotland with what is good as a memorial for Donald Dewar
, aged 62, arrived at his office in St Andrew's House, the administrative complex of the Scottish Executive in Edinburgh, for a round of meetings and paperwork.
, 20, was jailed for s t abbi ng 17-y e a r-o ld Joshua Mitchell to death in Inverness in March 2008.
Yesterday a close friend of the Dewar
family said: "The children are hurt over what is being said.
Since the launch of the Edinburgh Parliament last year Mr Dewar
has been at the centre of several high-profile controversies like the cost of the new Parliament building which shot up to almost five times its original estimate, the planned repeal of Section 28, and student tuition fees.
He insists Dewar
received too much praise for his role in the creation of the Scottish parliament a decade ago.
But then, as his scribblings reveal, the late Donald Dewar
was no ordinary teenager.
The attacks from Tories and nationalists came as senior figures in the Executive mounted a damage limitation exercise after the sudden resignation of a special adviser to Mr Dewar