ref date:10 Feb 1999 (EU)
Labour to setup straw house embassy for Scotland in Brussels
You really must take your hat off to Mr. Blair, this man could sell
a health plan to the dead.
In an another effort to make it seem like the Scots will get real control over
their destiny after the Scottish parliamentary election in May of this year, Blair authorized Donald Dewar to let us all (Scots) know we'll have what will be
effectively a fronted diplomatic mission in Brussels after May.
It will be an outpost of the London controlled Scottish office that
will try to persuade the Europeans that they shouldn't listen to the SNP
when they push for full independence for Scotland within the E.U.
It will be a sham, a joke, another distorted artifact from Labours
As such, Nu Labour can keep it.
The Liberal party, always wanting to seek out the faintest glimmer of
goodness from Labour said "t is clear that we need to have an input at an early stage over European policy. The
establishment of a significant Scottish presence in Brussels will bring undoubted benefits to Scotland
and Scottish business. It is vital that in the formulation of policy and regulations, distinctively Scottish
interests and concerns are fed into the process."
The SNP said "New Labour wants London as Scotland's gatekeeper. Lurking behind Mr Dewar's announcement is a
Byzantine structure of inter-departmental concordats, lead committees and ad hoc agreements all
intended to ensure that Scotland follows the Whitehall line."