Saturday, December 24, 2005

Torture Flights. Holyrood Debate.

Saturday 24th December

The atmosphere was electric in Holyrood during the debate. I watched most of it on the telly and was impressed with the passion displayed by all the speakers no matter how they eventually voted. All were agreed that the US definition of torture is not consistent with the definition accepted by us here in Europe and on the wider global stage.
The SSP and the Greens and the independent Campbell Martin were the most courageous in their commitment to stop the torture flights and reclaim for we Scots our integrity as a nation noted for it's enlightened humanitarianism.

The eventual vote grieved me.

The amendments to Frances Curran's motion were in my opinion unnecessary to the principle involved and ultimately scuppered what should have been a unanimous vote for the SSP motion.

But you can read the official report on the Holyrood site and how each MSP voted.

Actions do speak louder than words and on Thursday the Parliament voted for no action.
They voted for a Tory amended motion. They voted for believing Straw, Bliar, Bush and Rice. They voted for maintaining silence and denial about the torture flights.

Two other points I want to make.

I really did think it was disgraceful that so many MSP's absented themselves from the chamber during the debate.

Why were they not there?

I refuse to believe that they were busy doing Christmas shopping or having a long lie or some more 'legitimate' reason for not listening to an excellent debate on such an important issue.

There must have been an agreement not to attend. They should feel ashamed of themselves and understand that private sympathy for the campaign to stop the torture flights is not enough.
Party Loyalty above all other considerations is not reasonable when wrongs are being committed.
The sooner the Scots Parliament becomes responsible for all the issues that are now determined by Westminster the better.

New Labour, North and South of Hadrian’s Wall have failed us, but more importantly, are continuing to fail the victims and the families and loved ones of the victims of illegal kidnapping and torture.

SNP members abstained. I don't get the 'I don't want to take sides' behaviour in this regard. I will remember this when election time comes around. I personally will not be giving them any vote unless they change their tune.

A call for Scottish Independence is a cause I support but if SNP, MSP’s do not have the guts to stand up for Scotland and torture victims then I won’t stand up for them.

Please read the debate and take note of how your MSP voted. Ask them to explain why they voted the way they did. Let Dens Den know what they have to say.

The Glasgow Herald have a good report on the debate.



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