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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:14 am on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour 11:14 am, 16th June 1999

As Mr Monteith knows well, Mr McAllion's comment was made in a particular context. I wish to address such abuse of interventions.

In a scurrilous article in a recent edition of a Glasgow newspaper, Duncan Hamilton presented the SNP with a terrible dilemma. If the SNP does not condemn his ill-informed, inaccurate and prejudiced comments, we can conclude only that it endorses arrogant, reactionary and elitist politics; imagine the reaction if he had made those comments about black people. I have written today to Mr Salmond to urge that he publicly disown Mr Hamilton's comments, and I look forward to his reply.