Labour grab­bing SNP’ s sound bite

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

SIr, – The words “power grab” have never been far from the lips of SNP politi­cians and their sup­port­ers since the re­turn of pow­ers from Brus­sels post-Brexit be­came an is­sue.

You would think the SNP might show a lit­tle more hu­mil­ity on the is­sue of agri­cul­ture pow­ers re­turn­ing to Holy­rood given the com­plete mess they have made of the farm­ing pow­ers they al­ready have.

It looks like Labour are now join­ing in too with even Jeremy Cor­byn (who was silent on Scot­tish af­fairs for many years) us­ing the “power grab” sound bite. His Holy­rood MSPs are also sid­ing with the SNP on this one. This is a very quick turn­around given it is widely recog­nised that four years ago the party to most drag its feet dur­ing the Smith Com­mis­sion ne­go­ti­a­tions on more pow­ers for Holy­rood was in­deed Cor­byn’s Labour Party.

Not only do they now want more pow­ers for Holy­rood, the ru­mour is they now sup­port fed­er­al­ism, but who knows?

Those who sup­port the SNP know that they are sup­port­ing the

break-up of Bri­tain and a re­turn of farm and fish­ing pow­ers to Brus­sels. Those back­ing ruth David­son’s Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tives are sup­port­ing the UK in­ter­nal mar­ket and the thou­sands of jobs that go with it.

Those who sup­port Labour have no idea what they are get­ting. Keith Shortreed, Cot­town of Gight,

Meth­lick, Aberdeen­shire

con­gre­ga­tional meet­ing. It is im­por­tant to stress that, should the present building be sold, it is our in­ten­tion, sub­ject to the required ap­provals be­ing given, to build new premises on the site. These would be much smaller than the present building, but nev­er­the­less al­low for small church groups to meet dur­ing the week, as well as be­ing open for com­mu­nity use. It would be used as a base for our con­tin­u­ing mis­sion to the Garthdee par­ish, which is a pri­or­ity for the Pres­bytery.

Rev Dr John Fer­gu­son, Pres­bytery

Clerk, Aberdeen Pres­bytery

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