It is incredible how much can change in a month in the world of politics. On the 13th March the UK Government was visibly shocked when Nicola Sturgeon demanded that people in Scotland be allowed to choose whether they wanted to live under a Tory Brexit deal or decide things for themselves. As a result, Theresa May delayed the serving of Article 50 by a fortnight and it took a full 72 hours to get any response from the UK Government. When it came, the response of “now is not the time” was hardly impressive. No-one is arguing that now is the time anyway! The Scottish Government are talking about 18-24 months when the Brexit deal is done but before it is too late to take a different path. I used my Evening News column to put forward the case for having a choice and making it clear there is a cast iron mandate to consult the people, read it here.
This month Westminster was the target of the criminal acts of a loner who decided to attack innocent people going about their daily lives on Westminster Bridge before attempting to enter the parliamentary estate and killing PC Keith Palmer. I had just left the estate and my staff were all in Edinburgh but I want to thank all those who sent kind messages on the day. My thoughts remain with those who have been injured and the friends and families of those who lost their lives.