Psychologists call it ‘cognitive dissonance.’ Where you have to say or do things every day that you really don’t believe in, it can lead to depression and/or anxiety.
The Glasgow ‘anti-Psychiatrist‘, RD Laing thought that if the gap between your public self and your inner self got too big, it could trigger schizophrenia, as a coping mechanism.
Douglas Ross seems to be challenged in this way too often for my liking.
He votes against free school meals in Westminster then speaks out passionately in their favour in Scotland.
He hears what a Scottish fishing industry leader says about the Tories voting against the interests of his industry then tells the media that he had agreed with him that they had not, so far.
He hears what his leader, the PM, says about devolution being a disaster then desperately reinterprets it to mean something different.
He calls proposals to close the border with England ‘sad and reckless’ while approving the same thing in Australia.
Today he tries to be the champion of ‘fair funding’ for local authorities in Scotland despite having voted for a massive reduction in central government funding of local government in England:
There are probably more examples that I’ve missed.