Exactly what does Ruth Davidson hope to achieve by her threatened boycott of Holyrood? There is no quorum for proceedings in the Scottish Parliament. So it’s hard to see how the Tories would be missed. It’s not as if they ever make any worthwhile contributions to those proceedings.
It could be that Davidson has reason to expect that the other British parties will follow the Queen of the British Nationalists as she flounces out of the chamber. Again! So what? They are no better than the Tories and their absence would be more likely to enhance Holyrood than diminish it.
Of course, having walked away from their ‘day job’ in a fit of pique, the British parties could then question the legitimacy of any measures passed by the Scottish Parliament. Once again! So what? They spend all their time trying to deny the legitimacy of Scotland’s democratic institutions anyway. Doing so from outside the chamber can hardly be more effective than doing it from inside.
It would be grossly hypocritical of them to complain about the Scottish Parliament not being properly representative when it is they who are making it so by refusing to attend. But when were the British parties ever troubled by such hypocrisy?
There is one possible purpose for the Tories, and possibly the other British parties, abandoning Holyrood. One of the things that the British establishment finds particularly disconcerting is the fact that Holyrood has almost entirely supplanted Westminster as the locus of Scottish politics. If all the British parties are outside, then this would give the BBC and the rest of the unionist media an excuse to ignore the Scottish Parliament in favour of this cabal of British nationalist ‘rebels’.
British nationalists have decided that, if they can’t control the Scottish Parliament, then they must destroy it. Taking media attention away from Holyrood would be just one more part of this malicious effort.
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