In an otherwise excellent article, Iain Macwhirter gets himself a little bit tied in knots with his assertion that “eventually Nicola Sturgeon is going to have to decide whether she gives priority to compensating rape victims with children”.
In the first place, there is no reason at all that the First Minister should come under any pressure from the electorate to mitigate the British Government’s vicious assault against the economically powerless. People aren’t stupid. They understand that the Scottish Government cannot possibly palliate every such onslaught. It is simply not economically feasible. Besides which, mitigation only encourages further measures aimed at penalising the poor and the vulnerable in the name of Tory austerity.
People also understand that demands for mitigation from the British parties are motivated, not by the slightest concern for the victims of British Government policy, by by naked political opportunism. As Ruth Davidson has amply demonstrated over the rape clause, British nationalists are capable of extraordinary moral contortions and unconscionable hypocrisy when driven by their dogma of ‘The Union At Any Cost!’.
Macwhirter also shows his confusion when referring to Nicola Sturgeon being urged to compensate rape victims with children. In fact, that is what the rape clause is intended to do. It’s purpose is to exempt children ‘conceived without consent’ from a policy which excludes all third and subsequent children from the state support considered necessary for the first two children.
Abhorrent as it may be to discriminate against innocent children in this way, this is as nothing to the gross inhumanity of forcing women to ‘prove’ that their child was born of rape.
Even writing those words soils my soul.
What Iain Macwhirter meant to say, I’m sure, is that Nicola Sturgeon is going to have to decide whether she gives priority to compensating victims of British Government policy. But that is a project without end which would require similarly infinite resources.
The only solution is to rid ourselves of this British nationalist regime entirely and forever. We need to bring our government home.
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