We are only on day one, but Scottish Labour and Scottish LibDems have already sided with the appalling Boris Johnson, while the Scottish Conservatives are talking about boycotting the whole thing.
This has been a running theme of mine for several years. Why on earth are we paying for people to sit in a parliament whose democratic mandates they don’t respect?
We are in the absurd position paying for own belittlement. And meanwhile their position remains that a party that has been in for over a decade has no right to call a vote, but a party that has been rejected for nearly seven decades has every right to refuse one.
In that respect, yesterday’s was actually a hell of a good speech. The bit about “respect for democracy and respect for the rule of law is something that should unite us all” is direct challenge to the unionists in Holyrood. In other words, if you’re going to sit here, respect our democracy. Or what, pray, is the point of you?
The repeated question – “why not Scotland?” changes the burden of proof. I don’t know who writes her speeches but I’ll bet you they borrowed that line from Robert Kennedy: “some people see things as they are and ask why. I see things as they never were and ask why not”.
There’s life. So there’s hope.