ref date:6 Sep 2000 (WBA)
Reids stunt shows how Labour is for LONDON not Scotland
John Reid is an elected MP from ENGLANDS parliament in Westminster, he turned up
to make fun of the Tory parties manifesto launch instead of appearing
before a Scottish "Parliamentary" committee.
SNP leader Alex Salmond said: "Under John Reid, the office of
Secretary of State for Scotland has been reduced to Tony Blair's
message boy being sent to picket a Tory Party press conference instead
of being answerable to the Scottish people. It is huge snub to the Scottish Parliament, but his sense of priority
exposes him as a politician who is Blair's puppet in London and not
Scotland's representative in the Cabinet."