SHOULD Jack McConnell be visiting Africa when there is poverty aplenty at home? The question has been raised this week, most notably by commentators who feel Scotland's first minister has overstretched himself - and his executive - in seeking to highlight misfortune thousands of miles away.
Those who sneer at this week's visit to Malawi are the same people who insist the Holyrood parliament has no business debating issues such as the war in Iraq. By the same argument, we should leave issues such as third-world suffering to the big boys in London, where Hilary Benn's Department for International Development (DFID) has it all under control. This is a reserved issue which, like European directives, fiscal policy and arms spending, is best left to Westminster.