The extraordinary story of the General
I was in the Edinburgh City Chambers this morning, meeting officials of the Electoral Commission , including the UK Director Bob Posner, in my role as the minister in the Scottish Government with responsibility for elections.
I have no fewer than three bills to take forward over the next year and a half on electoral matters and we had a very productive and detailed exchange of views about those as well as discussing the difficulties that EU nationals had in voting a fortnight ago, a matter into which the Commission will be investigating . We will certainly support such an inquiry.
I glimpsed this statue on the way in to the Chambers and paused on the way out to take a picture. I didn't recognise the name of General Maczek but when I looked him up later I was bowled over by his story, and in particular the fact that he was forced to work as a barman in Edinburgh after World War II, in which he had distinguished himself as a master tactician and been a key figure in the Allied liberation of France as a result of his leadership of the Polish 1st Armoured Division.
He died in Edinburgh too, at the age of 102. An amazing, difficult but in the end vindicated life.
And a wonderful statue too.