A guest post from Professor Alf Baird.
World Leaders Summit at COP26 in Scotland
(Based on info extracted from the COP26 website: https://unfccc.int/cop26/world-leaders-summit)
Will Scotland’s First Minister appear, Cinderella like, at the COP26 World Leaders Summit in Glasgow? That does not appear very likely based on the following UN published programme information and instructions sent to national governments attending.
Event title & location: “United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021 Glasgow, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.”
No mention of Scotland then. Does it matter? Evidently not.
Event Host: “The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, His Excellency Mr. Boris Johnson, has invited Heads of State and Government to participate in the World Leaders Summit, which will take place on Monday, 1 November, and Tuesday, 2 November 2021, when the first part of the high-level segment for Heads of State and Government during the Conference will also take place.”
Nope, nae mention of Scotland’s FM there, not even as a co-host. It’s the UK PM’s do.
‘National’ statements: “Following the opening ceremony of the World Leaders Summit, led by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 1 November, the high-level segment will begin with the delivery of national statements by Heads of State and Government.”
So, there will be no Scottish ‘national’ statement, and no role for Scotland’s FM at the Summit.
UK delegation restricted: “Owing to COVID-19 regulations, only one additional delegate along with the Head of State orGovernment per Party will be allowed in the plenary for the opening of the World Leaders Summit and the first part of the high-level segment.”
A possible entry point for Scotland’s FM to accompany the Head of (UK) Government? Doubtful.
VVIP’s: “Early evening travel to VVIP reception at Kelvingrove Art Museum. The VVIP reception hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom for Heads of State and Government is scheduled for the evening of 1 November.”
Nah, nae place for Scotland’s FM at this either – she’s maybe a VIP and a legend in her own lunchtime, but not a VVIP at this Summit, not even when hosted in Scotland.
The ‘back of the room’: “World Leaders Summit: In each Plenary room, two seats per delegation, including the seat of the Head of State or Government, will be made available behind the nameplate of each Party for the opening ceremony. No additional seats will be available at the back of the room.”
Nope, nae room for the FM here, not even in the cheap seats at ‘the back of the room’.
Protocol: “Statements will be delivered in accordance with the time of inscription in the list of speakers and reflecting protocol order in accordance with the United Nations, with Heads of State speaking before Heads of Government.”
An opportunity for a statement from the Scottish ‘Government’? Unlikely – HMQEII to be followed by UKPM. There is a reason UK Ministers still refer to Holyrood as their Scottish ‘Administration’, i.e. it is subordinate to the UK ‘Government’, so no place at a global Summit for a UK ‘administration’ FM.
Bilateral meetings: “Bilateral meeting rooms are available in the VVIP Lounge within the secure zone of the Conference site to enable Heads of State and Government to meet bilaterally.”
Forget it FM – this is not for Scotland’s administrators either.
Lapel pin: “The Heads of State and Government will receive a lapel pin. The three accompanying delegates in the entourage will receive a special badge that will allow entry into the VVIP area with the leader. Only one person from the entourage will be allowed with the required ticket to access the Plenary room with the leader for the opening ceremony and national statements”
A last chance to get in? Is there a ‘special badge’ with Scotland’s FM’s name on it? Doubtful.
Who believes in Fairy Tales: The only way Scotland’s FM will be able to attend the COP26 ‘Ball’ is if she appears Cinderella like, and even then only if Prince Boris or some other VVIP gives the ok.
Sovereignty: Sovereignty is the only entry requirement to COP26, First Minister, and it needs to be asserted by a majority of Scotland’s democratically elected ‘National’ representatives. Until then we will always be left out in the lobby, even in our own country (‘the colonised is an alien in his or her own land’), not even good enough for one of the cheap seats at ‘the back of the room’.
As far as COP26 in Scotland is concerned, and international summits and treaties more generally, until our national representatives find the courage to assert Scottish sovereignty,Scots will aye be represented only by oor ‘VVIP’ colonial maisters.
Without sovereignty Scotland disnae maiter a daw, “its bloody Brigadoon”! FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL Title2 11 1 – Bing video
This is the price of delay and diversion. It’s appropriate that the First Minister pays a price for that. She has let Scotland down concentrating and pushing highly controversial and divisive policies instead of using the multiple mandates the Scottish people have handed her to progress our nation’s freedom. The trouble of course with all this is it is not just the First Minister that is being snubbed, but the entire nation of Scotland. We will have to suffer Boris lording it, claiming to be at the forefront of being an environmental saviour when we all know he is anything but, an opponent of renewable energy in Scotland happy to see the connection charges for renewable producers in Scotland to be charged out at the highest rate connection cost in the whole of Europe. This is just the first rejection coming her way, she is leading the SNP to electoral disaster and unfortunately throwing away the gilt edged opportunities she was handed when she became the SNP leader. How she has been abusing her powers as FM cannot stay secret from the public much longer, no matter the MSM doing their best not to report it.
I am, as always
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