Buddy politics

28th January 2000 at 00:00
The Section 28 stushie might be doing little for the temper of the nation, but it has certainly led to an unprecedented outbreak of camaraderie between our top two politicians.

During their exchanges last week, Donald Dewar, First Minister, said improbably that he "welcomed the tone" of SNP leader Alex Salmond's opening remarks on Section 28.

Not to be outdone, Salmond replied: "I accept the logic o much of what the First Minister has said."

Warming to the arguments, Dewar purred with evident surprise that "this is a fairly civilised exchange".

Salmond then accepted "the tone of what the First Minister says", to which Dewar exclaimed: "I very much welcome the tone of what Alex Salmond is saying."

This Section 28 business is bringing together some very strange bedfellows indeed.


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