You know, its actually difficult to write this post.
Rape is such an emotive subject that it is difficult to try and maintain any kind of impartiality. However it is the nature of the beast that when writing about politics, especially in Scotland, one must try to put party preference to one side.
Today’s debate was regarding the 2 child benefits cap and the so called “Rape Clause”. I call it a debate and this is perhaps being somewhat generous, after all, a debate is defined as:
a formal discussion on a particular matter in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
You see, the problem was that today’s debate might as well have been a discussion, defined as:
a detailed treatment of a topic.
I say this because the Conservative party may as well not have turned up and sent a punching bag from the nearby boxing gym in their place as they refused to turn this into a debate. Their refusal to take a single intervention, or to put forward an intervention was akin to watching a punch drunk boxer taking hit after hit and had it been a fight I am certain that the referee would have put a stop to it long before Angela Constance put the final blow into the semi-conscious conservative party.
By that time they had already taken some opening jabs from Nicola Sturgeon before Kezia Dugdale stood up and floored them in the first round with a heavy right hook. The situation got no better and the guard put up by Ruth Davidson was flimsy at best as she tried to divert attention away from the Tory glass jaw, claiming that decisions were hard and that the form in front of her appeared to say wildly different things from the form in front of every other member of parliament.
Of course this defence was swiftly breeched and a barrage of punches landed in true Mary Nesbit style by Sandra White had the lifeless Torys on the floor again. Other whopper blows were landed by Chrstine McKelvie, Alison Johnstone, Alex Cole-Hamilton and Ben Macpherson. The referee should have stepped in already before Ross Greer stepped up and proceeded to humiliate the Tories by offering space in his speech time for any Tory to get up and offer their input. An offer that was met by the sound of distant crickets chirping from the Palace of Hollyrood House.
In fact, the biggest defendant of the Tory party punching bag in Hollyrood today was the deputy presiding officer Christine Graham who on multiple occasions had to hold back the braying dogs waiting to get tore in about the rare Tory willing to put their head above the parapet.
You see today I managed to set aside my loyalty for the SNP and I embraced to cross party condemnation of what can only be described as one of the most disgusting political policies I have witnessed in my 31 years on this earth. I was in high school and was taught that Chinas 1 child policy was so backwards and yet here I am in Scotland in 2017 and we have what in effect amounts to a 2 child policy for those that are not making above average earnings. Then, to cap off this preposterous policy add in the (surely impossible to enforce because no service provider, health worker, doctor or midwife is willing to touch it with a ten foot pole) Rape Clause and I am certain I have fallen into an alternative reality. I would usually use this mess to espouse the virtues of independence for Scotland, but in the spirit of cross party unification, even just for this one day I will let it go.