Silent ma­jor­ity still see clearly

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – The rowdy, the­atri­cal and lu­di­crous stunt by Ian Black­ford MP and his SNP col­leagues in the House of Com­mons will fool no one ex­cept, of course, their most ar­dent sup­port­ers.

Ap­par­ently this hys­ter­i­cal and al­most child­ish ac­tion was about the so called “power grab” by Westminster.

In a strange twist of logic the SNP would be per­fectly happy to have the un­elected EU Com­mis­sion­ers in Brus­sels keep all the pow­ers that are now be­ing re­turned to Holy­rood as a re­sult of Brexit.

Their staged, right­eous in­dig­na­tion con­cerns the tem­po­rary re­ten­tion of 24 pow­ers by Westminster in or­der that the in­ter­nal UK mar­ket can run smoothly in ar­eas such as farm­ing, fish­eries and food la­belling.

This seems rea­son­able as it would be ridicu­lous hav­ing four dif­fer­ent sets of rules within Bri­tain in­creas­ing bu­reau­cracy, ex­pense and less­en­ing busi­ness ef­fi­ciency.

The fact that 63% of Scot­tish trade de­pends on the rest of the UK seems not to have pen­e­trated the Na­tion­al­ist mind­set.

The con­sti­tu­tional pranks of a party ob­sessed with the break­ing up of the UK may act as a tem­po­rary di­ver­sion to the dire in­com­pe­tence of Ms Stur­geon’s gov­er­nance but the SNP’s noisy and ir­ra­tional con­sti­tu­tional wran­gling will not fool the silent ma­jor­ity. Iain G Rich­mond. Guildy House, Monikie.

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