A cheeky group of Scottish MPs have ruined what could have been an incredible night for their English colleagues, with a stunning parliamentary tactic.
The politicians from the Scottish National Party made the crafty decision to force a series of votes in UK parliament at 7pm, right as England’s round of 16 clash kicked off with Colombia.
The Mirror reported that the Scottish MPs forced the votes at the most inconvenient time for their rivals, on anit-austerity measures in defence of Scotland.
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All up, the SNP forced five formal votes, which each took 10-15 minutes to complete, or “the entire of the first half” of the World Cup encounter.
SNP member Ian Blackford defended the right of his party to call the votes at the most inconvenient time, despite the anger of his opposition.
I called five divisions on the House tonight on vitality important anti austerity measures & in defence of the Scottish Government – Tories moaned about the time but the SNP will continue to pursue them in defence of Scotlandhttps://t.co/a1tEuawaeQ pic.twitter.com/WdZYZCRnTw
— Ian Blackford (@IanBlackfordMP) July 3, 2018
One British MP, Bernard Jenkin, was clearly frustrated by the tactic, raising a point of order in parliament.
“Do you suppose that the Scottish National Party would be calling so many divisions this evening if it was Scotland playing an important football match this evening?” Jenkin said.
After the voting, another Tory MP, Douglas Ross, called the antics of the SNP “pathetic theatrics”.
One senior SNP source reportedly told The National that his party had “a couple of votable motions up for consideration”, and importably added “at about 7pm”.
Unsurprisingly there was plenty of backlash against the SNP, however most found their tactic fairly humorous.
In the Commons SNP MPs forcing a division at 7pm for vote obscure estimates bill, preventing English MPs from watching the big match.
— Torcuil Crichton (@Torcuil) July 3, 2018
So proud of SNP MPs making all MPs go into division lobbies during the England game. Priceless. Absolute genius! 😂🤣😂
— Ken Bates 🏴 (@kenbates23) July 3, 2018
Can’t wait for English MP’s to do the same to Scottish MPs in 2074
— GTFCPR (@GrimsbyTownPR) July 3, 2018
Sounds to me like we’re seeing some of the promised SNP disruption tactics tonight. Source says tonight’s divisions in the Commons “holding the government to account” and opposing business “for acting against the consent of the Scottish Parliament”. Says more to come…
— Nick Eardley (@nickeardleybbc) July 3, 2018