10 minutes into Question Time last Thursday night, and host Fiona Bruce pounced, as she spotted the tiny EU flag, in SNP MP Kirsten Oswald’s shelves.
It was tiny compared with the big Jacks now de rigueur for ministers. Do the French have a word for de rigueur?
We’d just had a bit of ‘patriotic’ EU-bashing over vaccines and Oswald simply praised the vaccinators but Bruce took the opportunity for some playground-level nah nah stuff implying that, had Scotland been independent and still in the EU, we’d have no vaccines, like Israel presumably.
Then, it was straight on, clearly unable to wait in case it didn’t come up naturally, to what her agenda requires most. She was desperate to talk about a leak, breaking the MSP code, of an unreleased report in which Tory, Labour and Lib Dem MSPs, at the last minute, hijacked the findings to condemn the First Minister. The BBC, I feel sure, should not be jumping in like this and would not if the target was the PM.
Remember, the FM is accused of neglecting to tell Holyrood of a meeting, not for breaking the criminal law in the award of PPE contracts to friends nor the ministerial code in covering up payments to the PM: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/ministerial-code-ministers-interests-downing-street-refurb/
This story set the other English Nationalists running with indignation at alleged Scottish Nationalism. Ian Hyslop was first:
Then Jess Phillips found herself torn between admiration for a woman leader and contempt for Scotland, with a rant, wildly applauded by the audience across England, which became a ‘red flag’ for me and I changed channel.