Ian Blackford is the head of the SNP at Westminster. There are one or two things on his plate right now, as there are for every elected MP and especially one who sits atop of a political party structure. We have the cost of living crisis, the fuel crisis – which will hit families like a hammer regardless of the “cap” – the climate crisis and a war in Ukraine.
That’s enough to be getting on with. You would think so anyway.
So it was good that Sky found the time this morning to ask him about the behaviour of fans. Especially Celtic fans.
And Blackford, who only had to say what many others have and say that the right to free expression is a protected one in this country, fell back on the same old tired garbage that he and too many people in Westminster have been slinging for a week.
Forelock tugging. Kissing the royal ring.
When actually, public opinion in Scotland is split right down the middle on whether there should even be a monarchy.
And lest he need reminding, that split just so happens to fall almost squarely down the line on whether you consider yourself a nationalist or a unionist.
It’s another example of someone who should know better trying to appease an unappeasable foe.
Celtic fans are getting a bit sick of this now.
For a week there it was something we knew we’d have to take on the chin because the body was still on public display like a Madame Tussauds waxwork.
It’s in the ground now.
She’s gone, and all of us have lives to lead and frankly better things to do.
But a small section of the media strata is obsessed with this issue and is grimly determined to get as many people to bow and scrape, even after she’s interred, as they possibly can in an effort to browbeat our club into doing the same.
It is absolutely pathetic and the sight of watching Blackford debase himself so as not to be seen to out of step with “the national mood” is appalling.
He ought to be deeply ashamed of the way he has spent this last fortnight propping up a sectarian, racist institution – the same one, by the way, which is part of what chains his country to England.
If he wants to self define as a royalist that’s his look-out.
But enough already of using our club as a punching bag. We will not forget it.