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Friday, 5 March 2004

Labour MSPs round on Gorrie for Dewar remarks

I posted yesterday (scroll down page) about some remarks Donald Gorrie MSP (LibDem) had made about the late First Minister Donald Dewar's involvement in the Holyrood project. His remarks were outspoken, extremely critical of Dewar and, in my view, deadly accurate.

Now, and predictably, a coterie of 35 Labour MSPs has signed what they pretentiously call a 'motion' (I'd call it 'griping' because Gorrie merely said, honestly, what he thinks) in which they characterise Gorrie's comments as "a stream of vindictive, half-formed utterances" and demand an apology "followed by a period of lengthy silence". Stuff and nonsense!

This ridiculous motion is typical of a bunch of Scottish Labour socialist 'apparatchiks' who seem to be under some amazing misapprehension that free speech has somehow been put on hold since they and their English cousins in 'New Labour' came to power in 1997. I hope, and believe, that Mr Gorrie will not be intimidated and will give this 'motion' the respect and attention it deserves. I have no love for Donald Gorrie particularly, and certainly not for the LibDem Party as a whole, but I applaud his willingness to say what he thinks and not buy into the sickening 'father of the nation' nonsense we are fed by Scottish Labour when they speak of Donald Dewar.

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