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SNP needs to dump the middle-class mediocrity

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01.08.2020

AN insidious programme of social gerrymandering has made Holyrood a monument to middle-class mediocrity. At next year’s Scottish elections you might think you’re voting to elect an inclusive parliament that mirrors the nation’s cultural landscape, but you’d be kidding yourself. Holyrood is where radical solutions and fertile imaginations wither and then die. It’s why those from authentic, working-class backgrounds would have a better chance of getting into the Royal Company of Archers.

“We don’t want too many of the hoi-polloi sticking their noses in and interrupting the flannel. Next thing you know they’ll be agitating for radical solutions to unemployment and health inequality in their wretched communities. And we can’t be having that while we’re trying to push through Named Persons and Offensive Behaviour legislation or our Gender theories and our new Hate Bill. The poor dears just wouldn’t be able to understand what we’re trying to do.” Such entitled arrogance was typified this week by the hysterical and childish Twitter response of Humza Yousaf, alumnus of Hutchesons’ Grammar in Glasgow, to reasonable criticism of his sinister and incoherent Hate Crime bill.

Research conducted by The Herald in 2016 showed that MSPs were five times more likely than the average Scot to be privately educated. Among the rest, the triumph of party hacks and the professional middle-classes is dismally apparent.

Nowhere is the dread hand of middle-class complacency more apparent than in the Scottish Government. The SNP cabinet reads like the staff register for Classic FM. Each one has a degree and several have multiple parchments, including one who seems to........

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