I’m repeating myself but what else can I do when, one after another, politicians from a party that pretends to be of the left, progressive, egalitarian, line up with their former enemies, in a foul-smelling alliance, to attack a party that shares and has enacted many of their policy preferences, because it has stolen their place.
Too late. Give up. Go home. You’re embarrassing us and yourself.
In some ways the worst of them, Ian Murray, above, joins the campaign to somehow blame the SNP for the student campus outbreaks.
Of course, he’s wrong, so wrong.
Like his associates he senses the opportunity to try to blame the SNP for the maltreatment of students. To do so, he must protect some very affluent institutions like the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow and the academic elites of Universities Scotland, predominantly Unionist and disproportionately non-Scots.
Scotland’s universities are autonomous institutions. There is little any Scottish government can do to force them to follow a path they do not like.
The Scottish Government could not have shut them down and would have been condemned by Scottish Labour had they tried.
As the First Minister made clear yesterday, the Universities are responsible for their customers’ well-being. They wanted the huge income they get from 1st Year rents in the halls they own. They wanted the huge fees they charge non-Scots to study here.
They could have cancelled ‘freshers’ events had they cared a jot for them. We’re in a pandemic. Why not?
I try to stay calm but these people disgust me.