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Secessionists seethe over the ‘Scottish coronation’ 

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King Charles III is all set for his ‘Scottish coronation’ in Edinburgh tomorrow. Yet despite the royal fervour north of the border, Mr S hears that the nationalists are still not satisfied. Alex Salmond of the pro-independence Alba party and Green co-leaders, Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, have all snubbed the royal invitation. Quelle surprise.

‘This ceremony is entirely wrong-headed and neither fish nor fowl,’ raged Salmond, after revealing he has declined the monarch’s invitation to what he called the ‘artificial and second rate ceremony’. According to Salmond, ‘Charles is being poorly advised by a group of courtiers who have a great love of pomp and no understanding of circumstance.’ The onetime First Minister adds that ‘it is the time for a renewed debate on why Scotland needs to take its own future into its own hands’ and that ‘Charles III will be the last King of Scots.’ The old hits are the best, eh Alex?

The Greens meanwhile didn’t hold back on disparaging remarks of their own. ‘In 21st-century Scotland, the monarchy is nothing to celebrate,’ frothed Slater. ‘It is an out-of-date and undemocratic institution.’ Meanwhile her co-leader Harvie went one step further, announcing his attendance at a republican rally to be held on the same day.‘There are many people in Scotland who regard the monarchy as a tiresome spectacle and symbol of values we don’t hold,’ he seethed. ‘I will be proud to speak at the Our Republic rally and to stand with others who want to build a more democratic society where power and wealth belongs to the people rather than being passed down as an inheritance.’ 

Presumably Scotland’s secessionists feel entitled to a monopoly on what constitutes a right royal mess…

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