Colin Beattie’s Christmas column

Monday December 20th 2021

Colin Beattie MSP
Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

We’re drawing to the end of 2021 and I’m pleased we have seen some normality this year compared to the last.

I would like to again thank all our NHS staff and all our nation’s frontline workers. Without the NHS, our banks and our supermarkets the last 2 years would have been more difficult, and I am grateful for the continuation of your services. I know it won’t have been easy for you facing new challenges, new variants and adapting to a new way of work in the pandemic but you have done a remarkable job which has not gone unnoticed. Thank you again.

For everyone who has self-isolated, carried out regular testing and continued to follow the guidance – you all deserve a thank you also. Your actions have helped protect the NHS and save lives. I also share the anger of many when you hear of the alleged reports of the Prime Minister and his colleagues blatantly flouting the rules. This level of hypocrisy is a kick in the teeth to us all.

Many of us remember the time when the alleged Downing Street celebrations were held. It was a time when bereaved families were separated from loved ones in their dying moments. My own wife was unable to attend her brother’s funeral. A time when the most vulnerable sat at their dining table in isolation.

The Tory Government at Westminster is not a government that puts the people first. From flouting rules continuously to scrapping the £20 Universal Credit uplift leaving the most vulnerable in our society worse off during a pandemic. It is a wholly unacceptable situation.

I look forward to what 2022 has to bring and continue to work on the pandemic recovery – to put the people of Scotland first. This is a chance for us to do things differently and learn from the past. As my constituents, it is important you continue to have your say and have your views represented. I would encourage you to participate in any ongoing Scottish Government consultations – you can access all consultations here: https://consult.gov.scot/

For now, I do hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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