Tom Gordon’s question at 51 min and 28 secs in shocked even me with its bad-tempered growl, repeat interruptions and offensive language.
Now I’m all for a healthy disregard for authorities. Many deserve it. I failed to grow up in the late 60s, reading Marx, Sartre and the Scottish Anti-Psychiatrist RD Laing, leading me to decide with full confidence: ‘It’s all shit man!’
I still think a lot of it is still all shit. Scotland’s opposition leaders and the so-called experts at SAGE such as the shapeshifting Whitty, tell me I’m not all wrong.
I’ve even detected a worrying aroma coming from the SNP leadership at times. The current internal squabble and before that, the FM strangely praising the war criminal Hilary Clinton, have caused me to doubt but, but seriously, on social and economic policy within Scotland and the UK, they are clearly trying to achieve good things.
On the pandemic, this is a popular elected leader clearly committed to saving lives, who has led a strategy that, in Scotland, has saved thousands who might have been lost under Britain’s broad shoulders and small brain, so respect?
Gordon, like a recently neutered Schnauzer, growled and snapped at the First Minister, interrupting loudly and angrily four times, always coming at things from a Westminster perspective, and saying things like
- this half-baked system
- a perverse incentive
- give up, on your system and go along
- this strange perverse incentive
Last March, Gordon stepped in to defend the Prince of Wales and his flight from Covid to Braemar with full entourage and slammed anyone who criticised the Royal prerogative.
Gordon’s questioning of the FM and his many earlier attacks on her in the Herald make me wonder is he really just a cluster of overlapping tendencies? Do Unionism, Conservatism and contempt for strong women just fit together well?
He has nipped at her heels before. See: