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SNP plans more about anglophobia than Scottish nationalism

May 29, 2011 10:40 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie MSP has accused Alex Salmond of seeking to surrender power and influence by calling for Scottish human rights appeals to be heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg instead of the UK Supreme Court.

Mr Rennie has expressed grave concern that no matter how much power and influence Scotland would loose because of this move, Alex Salmond's mantra will still be 'anywhere but London'.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

"This is more about anglophobia than Scottish nationalism. The SNP's logic is totally warped. Removing the role of the UK Supreme Court on which two top Scottish judges sit will push human rights appeals straight to Strasbourg.

"While discussion on how we make and execute the law in a fairer and better way should always be an open dialogue, the motives and purposes must be right.

"This is not the case here. Instead we have the grandstanding SNP, jumping on any bandwagon that will further their causes for independence. 'Anywhere but London' is the mantra that the SNP will continue to cultivate no matter what the negative results and consequences are for Scotland.

"These flawed plans will instead see appeals from Scotland going direct to Strasbourg and subsequently being hit with delays, red tape, cost and in the end being heard in the European Court without a single Scottish Judge present. This undermines the whole SNP argument.

"The future of the legal system in Scotland must not be based on SNP posturing where the reality of the situation has no basis."