Mar. 25th, 2015

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I completely agree with Leonard's mum in TBBT when Penny said that she must be proud (of her kids) "Why? They're not my acheivements!"

But still proud of the Scottish Parliament and the leaders of all the major parties there. (OK, happy and generally approving of the leaders of all the major Scottish parties. You all rock.)
So I don't always agree with you, but, when it comes to things that matter -

You stick together against the bigots.

A few recent examples:

Together against sexism.

11/3/2015. A photoshopped image of Nicola Sturgeon (SNP First Minister) in a tartan bikini on a Miley Cyrus-type wrecking ball appeared in one of the more unsavoury newspapers.

Her two main opponents in the parliament are Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader, and Kezia Dugdale, Labour deputy leader (and leader inside parliament as Jim Murphy doesn't have a seat).

Ruth Davidson tweeted: “Seriously? In 2015? This is where we are with women in politics? #EverydaySexism”

Kezia Dugdale tweeted: “Just seen the Sun coverage of @NicolaSturgeon – just like every other attack based on her gender, it’s utterly unacceptable.”

Together against racism.

On/around 14/3/2015, UKIP MEP David Coburn said, of the SNP Europe & International development Minister, "Humza Yousaf, or as I call him, Abu Hamza".

Ruth Davidson: "Totally unacceptable. Our country is better than this. And he's got form. Mindless idiot."
Kezia Dugdale tweeted "David Coburn MEP is a racist in a pin stripe suit and Nigel Farage needs to sack him - @Daily_Record" and also wrote a column condemning it (it also appeared in the Daily Record, one of main tabloids).

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said: "This isn't the first time that Mr Coburn has been caught out for having vile views. People across Scotland, including even those who voted for him, will now want to see the back of him."

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of Greens (and I believe their leader in Parliament) wrote column about it (and second cross-party issue, which will mention in a bit!)

Willie Rennie, leader of Lib-Dems: "Astonishing comments from David Coburn MEP about Humza Yousaf. He's an offensive fool. I am embarrassed that he represents us in Europe."

Together against homophobia.

Ruth Davidson was subjected to homophobic abuse by an SNP member on twitter.

SNP response (quite a lot as it was one of their members): in First Minister's Questions, Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to take the opportunity to "condemn unreservedly the vile homophobic abuse that was being directed at Ruth Davidson on Twitter last night and this morning".

She told MSPs: "The individual in question in that case has been identified and this morning suspended from membership of the SNP pending full disciplinary processes."

She had previously tweeted "Homophobic abuse of @RuthDavidsonMSP or anyone else is unacceptable. End of. Anyone engaging in it is no friend of my party"

Humza Yousaf: "Utterly disgraceful. Will investigate if member. Personally will push for expulsion. Zero-tolerance homophobia."

Aamer Anwar (SNP member - not politician but known human rights lawyer) "@RuthDavidsonMSP that was a vile attack on U, homophobia, sectarianism, racism, no difference- U shld never have 2 put up with it"

Jim Hume (Lib Dems) "Good on @RuthDavidsonMSP for calling out dreadful homophobic bullying #ZeroTolerance #Mindless #Idiots #NotOk"

Other stuff...

On a purely political issue - on an issue of fairness - all 4 of the other parties (SNP, Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dems) joined forces to call for the Green party to be included in the televised debates.

And finally - they do seem to be able to have a bit of fun together...


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