What a shower! Get set for Bobby Brexit

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Peter Hitchens -

FOR those of us des­per­ate to es­cape the night­mare of Brexit, the chair­man of the Of­fice for Bud­get Re­spon­si­bil­ity of­fered a ray of hope last week. Should the orig­i­nal Brexit vote be re­versed by a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, Robert Chote told Holy­rood’s fi­nance com­mit­tee, it would be ‘like that scene in Dal­las where the char­ac­ter gets out of the shower and it was all a dream’. But thanks to the cur­rent in­com­pe­tent shower at West­min­ster, no sce­nario such as the TV soap scene with Pa­trick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, pic­tured, will ever al­low the econ­omy to pick up where it left off in the sum­mer of 2016.

THE Act of Pro­scrip­tion ban­ning High­land garb, en­forced in the wake of Cul­lo­den, was re­pealed in 1782 – but does its spirit linger on? The Scot­tish Tories would have liked to pro­scribe spend­ing £1,000 of pub­lic money on a tar­tan out­fit for Greenock and In­ver­clyde Na­tion­al­ist MSP Stu­art McMil­lan who dou­bles, gratis, as the Holy­rood piper. The Tory crit­i­cism pro­voked fel­low Na­tion­al­ist Tom Arthur, who raged: ‘Hav­ing stripped pow­ers from our par­lia­ment, the Tories now ap­pear to be go­ing full on, postCul­lo­den, and at­tack­ing its tar­tan.’

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