No choice but sus­pen­sion

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – The con­trived stunt by the SNP West­min­ster MPs to walk out of the par­lia­men­tary cham­ber fol­low­ing the sus­pen­sion of their leader Ian Black­ford should sur­prise no one. It is clear that Black­ford left the Speaker with no op­tion but to sus­pend him and it is equally clear that the sub­se­quent de­par­ture of the re­main­der of the SNP group was de­lib­er­ately chore­ographed with a view to max­imis­ing pub­lic­ity for the latest per­ceived in­sult to the SNP cause and thus by their def­i­ni­tion to “the peo­ple of Scot­land”. Whilst the West­min­ster par­lia­ment can at times seem stuffy and anachro­nis­tic, there are cer­tain con­ven­tions which it is clear are ex­pected to be up­held. Con­trast this with the rowdy scenes reg­u­larly wit­nessed in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment par­tic­u­larly from the SNP benches and you re­alise that such ju­ve­nile be­hav­iour is no more than can be ex­pected from these em­bar­rass­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Mike Mas­son, Alder Tree Road, Ban­chory, Aberdeen­shire

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