Sunday , 19 January 2020

Alan Cumming: Scots “disrespected” by Westminster

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Actor Alan Cumming has claimed Scottish people have been “disrespected and s*** upon” by Westminster in the months following the independence referendum, reports The Sunday Herald.

The Cabaret and Good Wife star, and advocate for LGBTI rights, made the comments on Saturday following a ceremony in Edinburgh in which he received an honorary doctorate from the Open University.

In conversation with the Sunday Herald, Cumming was unafraid to make his thoughts known on political issues, including what he believes will the effect of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) in undermining non-English MPs.

He said: “English MPs can vote on English things but all these MPs from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are basically like second-class citizens; they are members of the Houses of Parliament of Great Britain.

“We voted No, we kind of got disrespected and s*** upon in terms of being lured into thinking certain things were going to happen and now in a funny way it’s England who has got independence. It’s crazy.

“That’s another act of the Westminster Government deriding the Scottish experience.”

Cumming claimed that Scottish people had been shown a “lack of respect [by] the Westminster crew” which, he believes, has reneged on the promises contained within the Vow – after the promises depicted in the devolution promise known as The Vow were in his view not fulfilled. He said: “The whole thing was so precise and detailed but those details have not been met.”

Cumming’s honorary doctorate was awarded in relation to both his acting achievements and his efforts in campaigning for LGBTI equality. He has received a great deal of recognition for his consistent and outspoken champiomning of LGBTI rights, and still insists that – while same-sex marriage was welcome – a great deal still has to be done in Scotland to achieve full equality for LGBTI people.

Cumming told the Sunday Herald: “Until there is full equality, everyone could be doing more. I saw a report recently that said Scotland is one of the best places in terms of LGBT rights and respect, but the transgender part of LGBT everywhere is lacking, not just in Scotland but everywhere.

“Gay rights have been at the forefront of the struggle and the transgender community has been left behind a little but it’s a really exciting time for transgender people and now we have to have the legal rights to back that up, particularly in the workplace.”

Making a speech at the ceremony, which was attended by Cumming’s mother and his husband Grant Shaffer, Cumming spoke of the importance of education in channging attitudes and confirmed that he was “honoured and happy” to have been awarded the doctorate.

About Andrew Page

Andrew Page
Andrew is KaleidoScot's sports editor and photographer. An experienced blogger, Andrew was raised in the Hebrides and currently lives in Renfrewshire. Andrew became an active equality campaigner at the time of the Section 28 debate, and has particular interests in faith issues and promoting LGBTI equality in sport. Andrew was shortlisted for the Icon Award's 2015 Journalist of the Year.

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