Scotland’s new education minister Angela Constance has been invited by the Westminster government to represent the UK at a key EU meeting.
The UK Government wants to “reset” its relationship with the Scottish Government following the divisive independence referendum and “reposition” its work in Scotland.
We are right to be suspicious of anything that is represented in the British media as the largesse of the UK Government. It is, after all, barely a fortnight since Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Richard Lochhead, was unceremoniously snubbed by Cameron.
Does this concession to Angela Constance mark a change in the Westminster elite’s sneeringly condescending attitude towards Scotland? Or is it merely a sop that the media can play up as if it was actually significant? I suspect the latter.
Either way, I am surely not alone in finding it offensive that a government we rejected at the polls has the power to dictate whether or not Scotland’s voice is heard in the EU. I look forward to the day our democratically elected representatives take their place in the forum’s of Europe and the world as of right. That day cannot be far off.
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