A failure of opposition

“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.


About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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3 Responses to A failure of opposition

  1. bjsalba says:

    Has anybody asked thr ECtHR what they think of the legislation? That might be interesting.

    It might be a good idea if the SG consulted with them on the revisions.


    • Peter A Bell says:

      I don’t think that’s how it works. I’m not sure it’s possible to ‘consult’ the ECHR. There is a formal procedure for bringing cases to the court. But I don’t think there’s a process by which it can simply be asked to say what its ruling might be supposing there was a case brought through that formal process.


  2. The unionists keep telling us to get over the referendum. We lost. End of (despite the fact it’s they who keep mentioning it). But when it comes to legislation it’s fine for them to keep dragging up and campaigning against laws passed in Holyrood – ones they either voted for or abstained on, but didn’t vote against. Now I see James Kelly is set to challenge the offensive behaviour at football act. So when it comes to unionists they don’t ‘get over it’. Far from it. They want to tie up the Scottish Parliament in revisiting legislation already passed rather than addressing other more pressing matters.

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