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Thursday, 17 January 2013

Just Davidson, Or Are Others Complicit?

Following the outrageous comments of Ian Davidson MP (Labour - Glasgow South West) during the Section 30 Order Debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15th January 2013, I have composed a short, polite email which I will send to all MPs sitting in a Scottish constituency for their remarks.

I do not expect many to respond - assuming they will hide behind the defence 'You're not my constituent', despite this, clearly, not being a constituency matter. However, always hoping for the best, I will report back on any who do respond.

Here is the email.


Like many Scots, of all political persuasions, interested in the constitutional questions raised by the Scottish Government's proposals to hold an independence referendum in 2014, I paid close attention to the Section 30 Order debate held in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 15th January, 2013.

During the debate I heard a number of well-argued and constructive contributions including, but not restricted to, those from Mark Lazarowicz and Charles Kennedy.

I was, though, somewhat taken aback by the tone and content of the speech made by Ian Davidson MP - particularly the following segment: 

"The referendum will be timed to take place after the anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, which is celebrated mainly because Scots slew large numbers of English people, and after the Commonwealth games in Glasgow. The fact that those events will take place before the referendum gives people the opportunity to celebrate the politics of identity and ethnicity. We thought that Scotland in the 21st and 22nd century would be looking forward, and would be progressive and positive. Celebrating the murder of hundreds or thousands of English people does not necessarily provide the best base on which to move forward."

Do you agree with him that Scots are looking forward to 'celebrating the murders of hundreds or thousands of English people'?; or, indeed, that Bannockburn is ever 'celebrated... because Scots slew large numbers of English people'?

If you do not agree with these assertions, will you disassociate yourself from his remarks which have offended many Scots and given a very misleading view of Scotland to anyone listening to the debate?

This is not a Scotland I recognise and, I hope, one that you do not either.

I look forward to your response,

Yours sincerely,

Sean Adams


1 comment:

  1. Hear Hear Sean Adams. Exactly my sentiments on the Bannockburn issue.