Shock at James Kelly’s parly antics
I consider it an honour for the people of Rutherglen and Hamilton West to have placed their trust in me to represent them at Parliament. Doing my job is a privilege, something I remind myself of every day.
Needless to say I was utterly shocked at the antics of James Kelly recently in the Scottish Parliament, which saw him removed from the chamber and suspended for a day.
Mr Kelly claims that he was suspended for trying to oppose the Trade Union Bill, however it is quite clear that it was his utter disregard for the authority of the presiding officer and contempt for the rules of the chamber, which saw his removal.
Mr Kelly is attempting to rewrite history, and point the finger at the Scottish Government for failing to protect Scotland from draconian Tory trade union legislation.
The fact of the matter is that little over a year ago, the Scottish Government sought to have power over trade union law devolved during the Smith Commission process.
Scottish Labour teamed up with the Tories to block this.
Indeed, their written submission to Smith listed a number of matters that should not be devolved in order “for the United Kingdom to be an effective union”.
Employment law was one of those red line issues for them. Indeed, they went on to say that it was impossible to maintain a single economy if it were devolved.
Whilst I don’t doubt that Mr Kelly and company’s change of heart is sincere, they cannot simply pretend that they were anything other than the largest single roadblock to the Scottish Parliament having the power to block the Trade Union Bill in Scotland.
Many people have suggested that Mr Kelly’s stunt was all about raising his profile for the ongoing Glasgow region list vote, which sees him battling against the likes of Johann Lamont and Anas Sarwar for Labour members’ support.
This would be very serious if it were the case, and I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Mr Kelly will be asking you all to place your trust in him again over the coming months.
If he wishes to be taken seriously he will need to cut out the games, and engage constructively with those of us who have actively been working to oppose the Trade Union Bill.
The Tories are the real enemy of progress here, and they’ll no doubt be relishing in the lack of a united opposition to their plans.
On a less political note, I would like to wish all readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Regardless of your religious beliefs, I hope this festive season is peaceful for you.
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If Mr Kelly wishes to be taken seriously he will need to cut out the games
Merry Christmas Margaret with Santa at the Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club’s Christmas Mingle