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Red faces over 'blah' drug answer

Homer Simpson
The Tories issued a light-hearted Simpsons-style response

The Scottish Government has been left red-faced after it responded to a Conservative query about drug finds in prisons by saying: "Blah".

It came in a published response to a written question submitted by Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie.

The gaffe was put down to an administrative error and only occurred in the version sent to journalists.

Issuing a Homer Simpson-style response, a spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: "D'oh".

Ms Goldie had asked the government how many drug finds there had been in each Scottish prison over the last five years, broken down by type.

The answer - issued in the name of Enterprise Minister Jim Mather and not the justice department - simply stated: "Blah."


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