We already knew that Jackie Baillie had a somewhat shaky grasp of chronology. Last week she told Newsnight Scotland that to find some of the £50m required for Scotland to subsidise the UK government’s bedroom tax, she’d magically travel into the past and un-spend £7m (or as she put it, £10m) of tourism investment that’s likely to bring 20 times that much into the Scottish economy.
And on today’s Good Morning Scotland, she had another balletic prance around in the timestream, speaking from the present about how the past was the future.
“Ms Baillie’s comments came ahead of two rallies in Glasgow against the change to benefits, which critics have labelled the “bedroom tax”.
Speaking on the Good Morning Scotland programme, she said: ‘We are very clear. Labour rejected this approach when it was put to them in government, for social landlords. We have campaigned for its abolition.
‘Yes we will abolish it. My understanding is that you can expect an announcement relatively soon.'”
Correct us if we’re wrong here, readers, but “Yes we will abolish it” actually IS an announcement, is it not? It’s unequivocal and unqualified, unlike the party’s consistent previous assertions that it would abolish the tax “If we were in power tomorrow”.
So why, in those last two sentences, did Jackie Baillie refer to something she’s just said in the (immediate) past as if it was something that was going to be said in the future? Please, someone call a Doctor.