Frozen out

26th January 2001 at 00:00
On the argument that there is no such thing as bad publicity, Brian Monteith, a PR man before becoming an MSP and the Tories' education spokesman, is not worried at the ridicule he received for his parliamentary motion on snowmen.

Monteith called on the children of Scotland to build as many as possible. MSPs, even if so minded, couldn't do much to help the cause, bt they (and the children) would be showing solidarity with Raymond Briggs, author of The Snowman.

His ire had been provoked by a Dr Tricia Cusack who claims that snow sculptures are phallic symbols which oppress women. They also represent greed, nationalism and capitalism - qualities which some people would say Monteith's party already embodies unaided.

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