Thursday, January 08, 2009

Whose side are you on?

In an incredible (i.e. barely credible) item, The Telegraph reports that the Scottish Parliament are to debate the Israel/Gaza conflict - but MSPs have been told they can not take sides.

Despite having no control over foreign affairs, the Scottish Parliament has decided to pre-empt Westminster by discussing the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis.

So, even though it is not within their duties and at public expense, these MSPs have decided to have a debate which will serve no useful purpose for the people they are paid to represent.

They are not supposed to take sides in the "debate", but ....

It is understood the debate was initiated by Nationalist and Labour MSPs with Palestinian sympathies.

... it sounds like they already have.

In all honesty, I'm sure there are people both in the Scottish Parliament and in Westminster who are rightly concerned about what is going on in The Levant - both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian - but this smacks of providing MSPs with an opportunity for grandstanding to me.

Mind you, isn't that all politics is these days?

1 comment:

JuliaM said...

"Mind you, isn't that all politics is these days? "

It's increasingly becoming the case, yes.

Still, we have the MSM to hold them to account, and ask the difficult questions about where the money goes, don't we?