Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:44 pm on 3rd June 1999.

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Photo of Johann Lamont Johann Lamont Labour 2:44 pm, 3rd June 1999

Is Mr Russell prepared to define new politics as something other than mere abuse? It should involve listening to what people have to say in context. To be honest, new politics is not about people simply agreeing with one's views. It is about taking seriously what everybody has to say. That does not mean that debate cannot be robust. Mr McAllion's contribution was certainly robust, but it was also fair and hard-hitting. It is rather disappointing, therefore, that Mr Russell has taken only one phrase from it. That is not new politics; that is old abuse.