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Labour MSP lodges Taylor Swift motion

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They say that politics is showbiz for ugly people. And up in Holyrood they’re doing little to dispel that impression with the latest initiative put forward by Labour MSP Monica Lennon. She’s using a parliamentary motion to raise awareness of an important issue. What is it? Scotland’s tanking education ratings? The ever-spiralling problem of drug deaths? No, it’s a hagiographic paean to, er, Taylor Swift. What a good use of time…

Hailing the pop sensation on Twitter, the self-professed Swiftie posted her motion, requesting that: ‘Parliament congratulates Taylor Swift on being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2023’ and ‘acknowledges that the singer-songwriter has spoken with pride about her Scottish roots’. Hard-hitting stuff. The motion has received cross-party support from some rather unlikely Swifties, including former SNP treasurer Colin Beattie, Alba’s Ash Regan and Scottish Tory Miles Briggs. What a relief to see Scottish politicians can work together on the issues that matter most…

Quoting her idol’s lyrics in the post, Lennon wrote: ‘It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me.’ If her followers on Twitter/X couldn’t get behind the motion, they could agree with that part at least. One wrote: ‘I’ll have to tear up my membership. She is a cult leader and a billionaire.’ Another asked quizzically: ‘Has your account been hacked?’ Well, in the words of the woman herself, haters gonna hate…

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