Would be pure 100% classic May to delay the vote. She has spent the last two years kicking away problems so they can kill her another day.
I had been going to write about the appalling business of Jackson Carlaw’s lies about the Scottish Health Service’s record on ‘flu injections in comparison with their English counterpart’s record. He did this by comparing the English figures with Scottish figures from the month before.
Needless to say, an investigation showed that Scotland had done a better job than England. It will be interesting to see if he apologises from misleading parliament as the First Minister has requested.
However, these events have been overtaken by the by now regular occurrence of Mrs May, at least apparently, going back on something that she had absolutely been very clear, not to mention strong and stable about.
Here is our 3rd, yes 3rd Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay on @MarrShow YESTERDAY confirming that the vote on Theresa May’s deal “would 100% be happening on Tuesday!” This Government is not just incomprehensible incompetent, it is grossly negligent! #GeneralElectionNowpic.twitter.com/aKhtS1AL0V
This is incredible. This is the Home Secretary, one of the most senior cabinet ministers, talking to the House of Commons.
Today we’ve all seen a leaked copy of a memo which she sent to May showing how she was taking the enforced deportations forward by increasing the target (y’know, the ones she didn’t know about because there were any, but there were and she did).
The article is worth a read, and I won’t rehearse all it says here. But it shows her up for what she is.
She is clearly either incredibly stupid and forgetful, or she is a compulsive liar.
Either of these things makes her unsuitable to be Home Secretary.
OK, here’s the deal guys. The internet never forgets. Twitter never forgets. You can take things down, but they’ll appear somewhere else.
You guys are living in the past. When you say “I never said that; it’s fake news” I could pretty well guarantee it, someone will have it on record. And then you’ll look even stupider than you did before. These Dutch reporters simply want to know where exactly in their small country politicians and cars are being burned.
And if you are the Ambassador to The Netherlands, you should probably learn that when journalists ask legitimate questions, you have to answer them. It’s the way things work there.
So, get with today, people. Sadly for you, this is not 1980.
Possibility 1: He’s not very bright and he isn’t on top of his brief. He wasn’t engaged when Dr Brown was making these statements. No one told him what was going on. He was, after all, only Minister of State at the Scottish Office at the time.
Possibility 2: He’s a liar. And, moreover, he is, as Scottish Secretary (having been promoted due to Alistair L Carmichael’s departure from government [L is for Liar by the way]) lying to parliament and to the Speaker, as well as to us plebs.
On an entirely separate point, I’m wondering what his colleague (the lady sitting next to him) came as.
I’m a great believer in equality. Unlike the Scottish Labour Equalities spokesperson, Elaine Smith, I back it all the way. I’m an anti-discrimination kind of person.
I’ve been backing Carrie Gracie in her row with the BBC. Remuneration, I reckon, should be based on the difficulty of the job, not on the gender, colour, religion or sexuality of the incumbent. And given what a hard job she had, she probably should have been earing a good deal more than her colleagues in “easier” places in the world. Just for a start, she is fluent in Cantonese, which I suspect her counter[part in the USA is not.
And I don’t think it is ‘political correctness’ to have the views of Black, Asian, White, LGBTQ, male, female, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc. people heard in parliament, or in the cabinet. I don’t think there should be quotas but I think we need a parliament that reflects life in Scotland (or the UK).
I also don’t think that clothes are that important. As long as they are clean, keep you warm and cover your private bits, I can’t see that it makes a lot of difference if MPs wear jeans and t-shirts.
It’s what they do, not what they wear, that really matters. (I mean, I’d trade Fluffy in his expensive suit, for a SoS that cared about Scotland, no matter what they wore.)
However, we are where we are, and what’s good for one is good for another, and I was just wondering what the Speaker would say if a man turned up to sit on the front bench wearing a stripy t-shirt.
Seriously, if there is a dress code for men (and there is), there should be a dress code for women.
PS: I know that probably all of you look at Wings’ posts. Please, though, if you haven’t seen this one, go and look at it now and share it on social media. Everyone should see this. It is heartbreaking.
According to this, the recording is at number 2 in the iTunes download charts. Brilliant news, particularly as the money raised is being given to charity. Brilliant.