by Colin Campbell
I HAVE a young relative who will very shortly turn 13. Becoming a teenager is a special milestone and it’s intended that she should enjoy a special birthday celebration to match.
I hope she enjoys the freedom and lack of responsibility that goes with it.
Because if things take a more serious turn and she evolves into another young Greta Thunberg, she could in three years time be elected as an MP.
There is, of course, only one Greta Thunberg, thank goodness. This kid has attracted a huge juvenile following with her dire predictions of the imminent end of the world. One of the high points for Scotland’s First Minister at the Cop26 event in Glasgow was catching a selfie with her. As she was pictured bumping elbows with Nicola Sturgeon, one of the pair looked starstruck. And it wasn’t Greta Thunberg.
Maybe it was Sturgeon’s adulation of her that has led to the SNP announcing that they want laws changed to allow 16-year-olds to be able to stand for parliament.
What can anyone say about this? Other than question why Sturgeon and co are seemingly more determined than ever to devise policies which the vast majority of people find crazy.
Are 16-year-olds old enough to become MPs?
The answer is no.
Any rational person would accept that without a moment’s hesitation, for a host of blindingly obvious reasons.
The next question is why the SNP come up with such crackpot schemes and try and open them to public debate.
In a normal country, that is where one party didn’t have a cult following, these notions would see them wiped out. But this is Scotland, the SNP do have a cult following, and they can say and do virtually anything without putting even a dent in the slavish loyalty and devotion of their followers.
If the SNP can’t or isn’t likely to see 16-year-old MPs elected anytime soon, they are wholly insistent that 16-year-olds should be given the vote.
It is easier to understand the reasons for that. They believe that song and dance and face paint parades will lure them into supporting independence.
With no knowledge or experience of serious financial matters like jobs and mortgages, they will ask no difficult questions and just gyrate their way to the voting booths.
Or so the SNP think.
No wonder many regard them as such a sickening bunch of cynics, and utterly detestable in so many ways.
Sturgeon and co are determined to see men dressed as women being able to freely access female changing rooms in venues like the Inverness leisure centre.
Now they are proposing a society where we have 16-year-old MPs to try and curry favour with the “youth vote”.
What will they come up with next?
And will there ever come a point in Transgender Transphobia 16-year-old MP SNP Scotland where they cease getting away with it?