Why do you stay here Iain?

From the Stand-in:

In another of his deeply cringy reports on life in Scotland, Macwhirter goes full gammon on progressive developments by that SNP Government he so hates despite being an independence supporter, allegedly.

In an astonishingly outdated, unresearched, grumpy old guy rant, we read:

This is in the Herald. Remember the Herald?

Look at the language – bores prattle on, blah blah, your average Renton, Begbie or Sick Boy?

Bores prattle on?

That last bit in the above extract? Material for Frankie Boyle?

It’s not even a new idea. Did Macwhirter get it here, in the Scottish Sunday Express?

Sunday Express

Whose idea was this? Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC. What does she say? Iain doesn’t seem to have read what she said:

I have decided that an extension of the Recorded Police Warning Guidelines to include possession offences for Class A drugs is appropriate. Police officers may therefore choose to issue a Recorded Police Warning for simple possession offences for all classes of drugs.

In confirming the extension, I wish to make four things clear:

  • Firstly, the scheme extends to possession offences only. The scheme does not extend to drug supply offences. Robust prosecutorial action will continue to be taken in relation to the supply of controlled drugs.
  • Secondly, Recorded Police Warnings do not represent decriminalisation of an offence. Recorded Police Warnings represent a proportionate criminal justice response to a level of offending and are an enforcement of the law.
  • Thirdly, neither offering nor accepting a Recorded Police Warning is mandatory. Police officers retain the ability to report appropriate cases to the Procurator Fiscal. Accused persons retain the right to reject the offer of a warning.
  • Finally, neither offering a Recorded Police Warning nor reporting a case to the Procurator Fiscal prevents an officer referring a vulnerable person to support services.

You can read the full statement here:


It’s reading-age 12 or above, so that may explain Iain’s lack of attention to what it says. I feel sure he used to write his stuff at adult level. Is he well?

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5 thoughts on “Why do you stay here Iain?

  1. Perhaps, he was invited to last year’s Christmas party at 10 Downing St and this piece was to divert attention from Johnson’s mendacity. Is Johnson waging a war on drugs? Probably the answer will be YES and NO, depending on the circumstances our Ananias PM finds himself.

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  2. There was an enormous heroin addition problem here in Portugal. The decision to decriminalise possession and treat addition as a health problem went a very long way to solving it. There are still a large number of addicts – you can see the mobile methadone dispensing clinics around Lisbon now and again.

    Unfortunately the “British” can’t quite bring themselves to declare Scotland’s drug crisis as a health problem – hence the “offence” of possession is still recorded and Police Scotland can decide whether to do something or not.

    Cue the moral outrage from the likes of McWhiriter and that cesspit the Sunday Express who’d prefer to see addicts punished rather than helped. After all it’s the role of the British Establishment to punish the weak – it’s always been that way.

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  3. Scotland gets condemned by Tory DRoss and his media associates for attempting to treat drug addiction as ”a health issue ” .
    What is their stance now that the PM ( who doesn’t do Christmas parties at No 10 – LoL ! ) has indicated that in his new drugs initiative addiction is to be treated as ” a health issue ”?
    Cue screeching U-turn by Dross ? or McWhirter ?


  4. If cannabis has become so profoundly unfashionable then presumably fewer people are tempted to try it. Isn’t the whole point of drugs policy to reduce its use? In which case, isn’t this working?


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