WHAT workplace allows people to diverge from their role? MSPs are there to examine the work of the Scottish Government and represent us in the Scottish Parliament. Next Tuesday, however, Holyrood will hold a debate and vote on the Middle East conflict. While there may be people in Scotland who are affected by this, this is not what MSPs should be discussing. They have no power over foreign affairs or defence. The debate will be a soapbox for the SNP and the Greens to imply that they are on the world stage. If only they would show any interest in the matters they can influence: NHS waiting lists, education, social care, poverty, drug deaths, the £1 billion black hole to name but a few. That is, after all, what the Scottish people elected them to do. Jane Lax, Aberlour.