Is Gordon Brown too tired these days? Is Lord McConnell the new dinosaur ‘they’ wheel in now?
Lord Jack McConnell has been popping up frequently in the Scottish media (That’s NOT the way to do it!!) to criticise the Scottish Government, regardless of any facts and today he wants to seem elder statesman-like with a pompous and evidence-free pronouncement on how things should be done, headed up with this special, I’m special so I am, snap:
Sitting exclusively? Sitting for? Sitting at the Scottish Parliament? My Lord, you do us a great honour!
Epitomising everything about how the Labour Party lost its way in 1911 when Labour’s Richard Haldane was ‘raised to the peerage.’
Few in Scotland can take a former socialist seriously when they come back ennobled, to tell us what to do. Frankly, he and his like can just….
Having said that, you might wonder why I’m bothering at all. I don’t really know but, in the absence of a better idea right now, some of you might want to see what he said. Here’s how the Herald, proud, deeply respectful and loyal owners of the above image, open:
Emergency laws brought in by the Scottish Government in response to coronavirus lack proper checks and balances, a former first minister has claimed. Lord McConnell said Holyrood seemed “to have lost its way” over the new legislation.
Then, we get these pearls:
The Scottish legislation does not contain all the checks needed? Your party designed it. Blame Donald Dewar?
Few opportunities to speak up? Watch the daily broadcasts and see the many and often too-lengthy examples?
Worried constituents? See the opinion polls and marvel, as he must, at the massive support for and trust in the SNP Government?
Controversies avoided? By letting Richard Leonard and James Kelly share in decision-making? You really think so? The opinion polls say that only 6% trust them.
Dithering? Dithering? Richard Leonard, James Kelly could dither for the UK. Mind you Ruth Davidson wouldn’t dither. She’d charge in buffalo-like smashing everything. That what you want?
Inconsistency in lockdown restrictions? Targeted? You prefer blanket? Everybody suffers regardless, like in Stalin’s day?
Consent is precious? A majority in a democracy with proportional representation is not consent?