By common consent young Mhairi Black gave an inspired maiden speech. She was articulate not hesitant, confident not arrogant, generous too inviting SNP’s implacable for, the Labour party, to join in opposition and not merely abstain, but above all she was honest. Her transparent, uncomplicated honesty impressed all who saw her speak. Millions of hits on the recorded speech shown on YouTube bear out (not that bear) to the popularity of its message and the power of its delivery.
Other SNP MPs gave excellent maiden speeches, but we are always taken by surprise when wisdom emerges from the mouth of callow youth. Mhairi has given herself a lot to live up to. Then again, a First in Politics from Glasgow University tells us she’s no slacker.
Against all predictions she overturned a large majority of patented-with-the-Paisley-pattern, Douglas Alexander, Labour MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South, a glum…
View original post 1,174 more words