Newly appointed MSP Cameron Buchanan revealed in an interview with the Scotsman yesterday that he was forced to relocate during his time as honorary consul for Iceland due to whale protests.
The Scotsman reports that MSP Cameron Buchanan, who has been the honorary consul for Iceland since 1993, has for the most part enjoyed the job. However, it hasn’t been without its bumps in the road. He recalled an incident from 2007, for example:
Mr Buchanan said: “There were some eco-warriors from Wester Hailes who threw paint at the building because Iceland had started whaling again.
“I was in Frankfurt at the time and had to come back to deal with it.”
It was then that the consulate – and its flag – moved to Mr Buchanan’s home in the West End.
“Our landlord chucked us out of the place in Queen Street because he didn’t like paint being thrown at his building.”
Buchanan received the consul post after Magnús Magnússon, who previously held the position, recommended Buchanan for the job.
“I bumped into him at the BBC – he was doing Mastermind and I was making a programme about the single market. He asked if I was interested. I said I’d never been there, but I would do my best, so I went on a day trip to Reykjavik.”