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Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

Pars, birdies and bogies is how golf is often described, and members should believe me that, as an ex-club member, I have experienced them all. I can well remember the endless series of tragedies—bogey after bogey after bogey—all obscured by the occasional miracle of that high-five moment of a birdie.

Looking back at the Ryder cup, like many others I experienced those jaw-dropping moments when the professionals made their miraculous shots seem par for the course. Who can forget game-changing moments such as Ian Poulter’s chip in at the 15th, Rory McIlroy’s tramline putt and Jamie Donaldson’s putt that earned the point that retained the 40th Ryder cup for Europe? They were magic moments indeed.

It is great that Europe has now won six of the last seven events, with this year’s team, captained by Paul McGinley and having seven UK players, a Swede, a Dane, a German, a Spaniard and a Frenchman, putting in a tremendous team effort to secure the cup. Best of all, though, was that the Ryder cup was in Scotland. It was only the second time that it has been here, with the first time being at Muirfield in 1973.

Of course, the Ryder cup is now a huge event and much bigger than it was when rescued by Raymond Miquel with Bell’s sponsorship in 1983 and 1985. This year’s competition attracted thousands of enthusiastic and sometimes strangely clad visitors from all over the world, who were given a very warm Scottish welcome. Even the golf wear of some prominent Scots grabbed media attention.

There were a few moments when the US challenge gave Europe cause for concern, but we were eventually rewarded with not the knife-edge finish that we have come to expect but a convincing win. Nevertheless, the competition had a great atmosphere to the very end, as I am sure most people who were there would agree.

There is no doubt that there are many economic benefits for Scotland as a result of the competition being staged at Gleneagles, with many millions spent at the event and on international media coverage. However, the real value of the Ryder cup will be in what happens down the line. Just as the efforts that were put into securing, planning and promoting the Ryder cup took years to bring to fruition, so the legacy needs to be secured and nurtured over the coming years.

In Wales, which was the 2010 host, golf tourism has grown by 40 per cent, with about 200,000 visitors last year. We must build on the location’s romantic appeal and the spectacle of the occasion and ensure that the impact on visitors and the media coverage have a long-lasting effect. The coverage should pay dividends for tourism and for food and drink exports as we look to expand our markets.

As with the Commonwealth games, hundreds of volunteers were hard at work. I reiterate what I said about the games and the importance of harnessing the spirit of volunteering that we have seen this summer.

There is no doubt that the Ryder cup will encourage more people to play golf. I urge them to be patient and not to be put off if progress is slow. At such times, I find the words of John F Kennedy comforting:

“Show me a man with a great golf game, and I’ll show you a man who has been neglecting something.”

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Meeting of the Parliament 20 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab) The bill also has a section on metal theft, which was tackled in England and Wales last year through the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013. In my area, there has been a spate of thefts of drain covers and other metal. Is that indicative of a general rise in such criminal activity, and are we witnessing a transfer of criminal activity to Scotland as a result of our more lax legislation?



Justice Committee 19 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab) Motherwell and Wishaw.



Justice Committee 19 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Pentland I suppose that one of the biggest challenges that you have faced over the piece has been workforce planning. Quite a lot of civilian jobs have been lost recently, and the posts have been taken up by police officers and police constables. Was that perhaps the wrong decision? What work have you done to square that circle?



Justice Committee 19 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Pentland Do you think that, at this moment in time, civilian jobs should be looked at more closely, and that we should not have police officers filling the backroom jobs?



Justice Committee 19 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Pentland With regard to the review that you are undertaking after 16 or 17 months, there have been quite a lot of police station closures and a reduction in opening hours over the piece. Will you be looking at that again? A great service was provided to the public, and we may have got that wrong, too, somewhere down the line.



Meeting of the Parliament 14 August 2014 : Thursday, August 14, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

3. To ask the Scottish Government what action the Cabinet Secretary for Justice is taking to address the reported delays in the development of a unified IT system for Police Scotland. (S4O-03453)



Meeting of the Parliament 14 August 2014 : Thursday, August 14, 2014
John Pentland The lack of integration is constraining officers’ ability to function fully at regional and national levels, and the routine arming of police has led Jim Sillars to refer to Police Scotland as

“the crassest error any politician has ever made.”

Does the cabinet secretary accept that the growing crisis of confidence in policing is not an operational matter?



Justice Committee 12 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 12, 2014
John Pentland (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab) I am MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and a member of the Justice Committee.



Justice Committee 12 August 2014 : Tuesday, August 12, 2014
John Pentland I am MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw and a member of the Justice Committee.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11285: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10953: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10866: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10840: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10798: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-10738: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10502: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10299: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22421: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03453: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03424: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03382: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21642: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-03297: John Pentland, Motherwell and Wishaw, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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