Local MSP Jackie Baillie has called on a West of Scotland SNP MSP to act swiftly after it emerged that one of his aides was involved in the document burning stunt in Renfrewshire.
A video appeared on Youtube last night showing a group of SNP councillors burning a copy of the Smith Commission report on further powers for the Scottish Parliament.
A press release issued by the SNP to promote their sick stunt revealed Cllr Kenny MacLaren, who is employed at the taxpayer’s expense in the office of Stuart McMillan MSP, was present at the scene.
Stuart McMillan currently sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Devolution Committee and employs Cllr MacLaren as a researcher. It is inconceivable that Stuart McMillan was not aware of the actions of his staff member.
“This kind of behaviour is irresponsible and needs to stop.
“All elected representatives have a responsibility to treat other points of view with respect and acts like this will do nothing to heal the division after the referendum. The First Minister said she wanted to govern for all of Scotland but clearly the message hasn’t got through to the SNP’s councillors.
“It is hardly appropriate for an MSP who sits on the Devolution Committee to employ a researcher who burns documents on transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament, even when his own party signed up to them. Stuart McMillan must set an example by swiftly condemning the actions of his staff and considering disciplinary action against Cllr MacLaren. His failure to do so would send a message that this kind of dangerous and divisive behaviour is tolerated by the SNP