by Colin Campbell
ONE of the most fulsome and fitting Highland tributes to Prince Philip yesterday came from Ross, Lochaber and Skye MP and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.
On his Twitter site he said: “I’m deeply saddened by the news that Prince Philip has died. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen who has lost her beloved husband – a life partner and a constant companion.
“My thoughts are also with the wider Royal Family, especially the Duke of Edinburgh’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“Prince Philip dedicated his life to public service and made a significant contribution to our country. His commitment and devotion to the Queen will be remembered by people across Scotland, the UK and the world.”
Inverness MP Drew Hendry said in tribute: “I was saddened by the news that the Duke of Edinburgh has died. My deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and to the wider Royal Family.
“Prince Philip committed his life to the public service of our country, and his contributions will be fondly remembered by the people of Scotland, the UK and the world.”
Mr Blackford, in particular, has been a controversial and in the eyes of many a highly divisive figure amid the bitterness of the referendum and independence saga of recent times.
But yesterday, in expressing the views that many of his constituents will feel, his response to the death of Prince Philip and the impact on the Queen was an example to other SNP politicians and activists who harbour anti-royalist sentiments.
There will be a time and a place for displaying these sentiments.
But Mr Blackford, and Mr Hendry, yesterday rose above that and set politics well aside with a sympathetic, dignified and very appropriate response to a momentous national event.