Antisocial Behaviour on Buses

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 14 December 2023.

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Photo of Fulton MacGregor Fulton MacGregor Scottish National Party

I apologise to members because I did not intend to speak today, but I felt compelled to contribute after hearing Graham Simpson’s completely unbalanced speech, which was backed by his colleagues, although the speeches from Ben Macpherson and Daniel Johnson were completely different.

It is fair to say that the behaviour that Mr Simpson described is not tolerable and that we should, of course, do something about it. However, Ben Macpherson is right that that behaviour is not confined to our young people—as Daniel Johnson said, such behaviour on buses and other public transport has been inherent in Scotland, and probably worldwide, for a long time.

I had expected Graham Simpson’s speech to be more balanced. I am contributing because he completely vilified and generalised about an already marginalised group in society that is without a voice—our young people.