Friday, January 13, 2012
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine defends 'anti-Scottish' claim on BBC, Labour MP Anas Sarwar asks her, "Am I anti-Scottish?", gloves are off now!
On the back of the warfare on independence, we have our first piece of ‘hand to hand’ fighting in the trenches.
SNP list MSP Joan McAlpine has accused the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems were being "anti-Scottish" in their attitude to the planned independence referendum.
The verbal attack happened at Holyrood on Thursday which prompted Scotland’s Maggie Thatcher, Ruth Davidson to say that the comments were "ignorant and petty" while Labour MSP Neil Findlay chipped by saying they were an "utter disgrace".
And things didn’t get any better when she went on BBC Scotland’s Call Kaye programme hosted by Kay Adams.
On that programme she stated how shocked she was by Labour MPs congratulating the Tory-led government for intervening in Scotland.
Ms McAlpine told BBC Scotland's Call Kaye programme:
"They have been lining up in cahoots with the Tories. They have been lining up to congratulate the Tories for intervening into Scottish democracy and I will let the people of Scotland draw their own conclusions from that."
Ms McAlpine, Alex Salmond's parliamentary liaison officer, added:
"The issue here is the behaviour of the anti-independence parties coming together to stop Scotland having a referendum at a time of our choosing."
Sitting with her on that programme was Scottish Labour's deputy leader Anas Sarwar who studied a dental degree at human rights abusing Glasgow University. He joined the boxing club for a period while I was a coach; he loved to talk about how rich his father was from their cash and carry business.
So, in a fiery exchange between two, Sarwar said:
"What is being questioned here is my commitment and my love of my country. The country in which I was born and brought up, the country to which my grandfather came in 1939 with nothing and made a life for himself. This is really serious."
He then said to Ms McAlpine:
"Am I anti-Scottish?"
Ms McAlpine, the SNP MSP for South of Scotland said he was trying to "personalise" her comments and she would not be drawn into that.
From now to polling day of the independence referendum, I think we can be certain that this ‘debate’ will be a fairly bad tempered and nasty affair.
I don’t think that Ms McAlpine has acquitted herself well from this incident, it looks poor and doesn't play well with the public or even with me as an SNP member.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University