“Crisis talks”!? Sensationalist drivel! The Named Person legislation has been declared lawful and will go ahead with some relatively straightforward tweaks to the advice on information sharing.
On the one hand you might say that this is slightly embarrassing for the Scottish Government in that they didn’t get it right first time. But let’s not forget that there is an opposition at Holyrood which is supposed to scrutinise legislation. None of them voted against the legislation and none of them brought up the issue of this advice when it would have been appropriate to do so. In other words, they failed utterly to do the very thing they are elected to do.
The simple truth of the matter is that the British parties in Scotland – and in particular the Ruth Davidson Not A Conservative Honestly Party – jumped on a bandwagon set rolling by a bunch of religious fundamentalists. They did so, not for any principled reasons relating to the well-being of children, but driven entirely by the pettiest of political motives and mindless resentment of the SNP.
When the history of this affair is written, it will not be kind to Ruth Davidson and others of her despicable ilk who put party political point-scoring ahead of the imperative of providing the nation’s children with effective protection.