Yesterday, in the Constitutional Affairs committee, Wishart flirted with Rees-Mogg:
‘Could I obviously warmly welcome him to this place. He’s the fifth leader I’ve had, in my fourth year, but I would have to say that he is by far the most exotic.’
Note the sense of belonging comfortably in ‘this place’, in Wishart’s words. Rees-Mogg may seem exotic but we know he is really a cold reactionary politician who despises the left-of-centre democratic values of the SNP. He was rewarded by laughter and reciprocal warmth from the Tory front bench:
A delighted Rees-Mogg was then enabled to witter on about the parliament’s long history going back to 1265 and to refer to Wishart as ‘the honourable gentleman is a very good parliamentary historian.’ Wishart loved it:
Contrast this with Ian Blackford’s combative style in welcoming the Prime Minister as the ‘last prime minister of the United Kingdom’ before going on to warn him not to try to take Scotland out of the EU:
We’ve seen Blackford, many times before, earn the cold contemptuous death stare from former PM May. That is as it should be.
Has Wishart, charmed by Rees-Mogg’s humour, forgotten that he is dealing with a man who despises both Wishart and all of his people? See:
A cold reactionary lies behind the Jacob Rees-Mogg act
We did not send our MPs there, to flirt with the likes of Rees-Mogg.
There were earlier signs that Wishart likes playing the part of erudite and witty honourable gentleman a bit too much, in his earlier astonishing bid (aborted) to become the Speaker!
The BBC reported:
His announcement prompted criticism from some independence supporters online, who told Mr Wishart that SNP members should be at Westminster to “settle up, not settle down”.
But his party leader, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, defended the move, saying: “For as long as the SNP is in the House of Commons, we should be trying to make it work as well as we can, and undo some of the barriers that are in the way – we’ve seen all too powerfully in the Brexit debate how Scotland’s voice is not being heard.”