SNP cannot be outfoxed by a PM on a mission.
It was a great speech. Perhaps not Martin Luther King having a dream, great.
Or Winston Churchill fighting on the beaches. Or Nye Bevan dismantling the case for war in Egypt.
But Mhairi Black's speech detailing, in forensic, awful detail, the reality of welfare cuts and benefits sanctions, delivered in her own voice and from her own experience, was still quite something.
A terrific speech, seen and heard around the world, that will, however, make not one bit of difference.
Ten million may have seen it online since she sat down on Tuesday but there were only a smear of Tories squatting on the benches opposite to hear it.
Our politicians, particularly those with the kind of spirit that Black showed last week, must continue to fight the good fight to protect those in our society who need our protection most.
But, it is becoming increasingly clear, David Cameron, George Osborne and the rest are quite content for their opponents to continue spinning their wheels in a dust storm of anti-austerity outrage.They are, privately, delighted to see the SNP and Labour continue tearing into food banks, the moral dereliction of benefit sanctions and the rest.
The Tories are in a hurry and are deadly serious. We need to be serious too While their opponents are banging away at that drum, they are driving through a raft of other diabolical measures at a rate of knots before Cameron is engulfed by the EU referendum and Tory civil war.
After the last few weeks, it is clear that this Government are determined to make up for time lost in coalition. Quite simply, quite terribly, we ain't seen nothing yet.
Cameron wants to build a legacy - on the back of workers and the workless - and Osborne is happy to help him while writing an application for his job.
Last week, the Nationalists' fighting 56 celebrated a great "victory" after "forcing" Cameron to shelve plans making fox hunting easier down south (as if, despite his trumped-up outrage, the PM wasn't delighted to see the SNP getting in about English-only legislation).
The next day, the very next day, the Tories announced a seismic, savage onslaught on trade unions, the right to strike and, incidentally, the funding of their biggest political rivals.
The SNP - and Labour too - need to get serious at Westminster. They can't do much but what they really can't do is waste time and energy on stunts and wheezes.
If, for example, Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader at Westminster, really thinks he is there to pose with Brian Bloody May and fancy-dress foxes on the parliament steps, then he needs a lie-down.
There are society-changing politics on the go. This is not a game, a bit of a lark.
The Tories are deadly serious.
The rest of us need to be.
The Tories are in a hurry and are deadly serious. We need to be serious too
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jul 19, 2015|
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