Protest against power grab

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Mike Mas­son, Alder Tree Road, Ban­chory, Aberdeen­shire SIR, – The Westminster “Power Grab” has now demon­strated a more sin­is­ter char­ac­ter in the UK’s so-called demo­cratic par­lia­ment. The treat­ment meted out to the SNP MPs, and by im­pli­ca­tion to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment also, dur­ing the de­bate on the With­drawal Bill last week was un­fair and dis­re­spect­ful to us as a na­tion.

The ex­clu­sion of Ian Black­ford by the Speaker was un­nec­es­sary and wil­ful. The leader of the SNP Par­lia­men­tary Group was within his rights to call for a Pri­vate Sit­ting con­sid­er­ing all that had gone be­fore, both on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. He and they had been un­able to speak in the 15 min­utes al­lot­ted to de­bate. The PM’s re­ply to his ques­tion at PMQs was ir­rel­e­vant and de­risory. Eighty de­volved pow­ers go­ing back to Holy­rood do not make up for the 25 that will be “parked” at Westminster for many years to come. Mat­ters of fish­ing and farm­ing are par­tic­u­larly cru­cial for Scot­land. Westminster MUST re­lease its in­tended stran­gle­hold. The walk-out was no stunt; it was a brave united protest.

Ian Black­ford was right to in­sist in his BBC in­ter­view that more will fol­low in the SNP’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to have the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s “re­fusal to con­sent” re­spected and hon­oured. It is to be hoped that the de­vi­ous and schem­ing Tory gov­ern­ment at Westminster will lose the fight – or fall!

Ken­neth Gor­don (Rev Canon), Rei­d­ford Gar­dens, Dru­moak,

Ban­chory, Aberdeen­shire

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