This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
SCOTTISH Conservatives have made a series of attacks on a socialist MSP who has advocated the abolition of the monarchy.
Labour’s Mercedes Villalba, who represents North-East Scotland at Holyrood, was targeted by the Tories after she criticised royals on social media last week.
The Dundee-based politician was responding to the revelation that the Queen’s lawyers had secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for an exemption from a climate law.
They were reported to have asked that a major initiative to cut carbon emissions would not apply to royal-owned land.
Writing on Twitter, Ms Villalba said: “It's time we recognised the political role of the monarchy, which serves its own self-interest at the cost of ordinary people and now planet.
“Why not simply abolish the monarchy and all their arcane nonsense?”
This angered royalist rightwingers, who called for Ms Villalba’s party to “distance themselves” from her radical ideas, claiming that the triumph of republicanism would “break up the fabric of our country.”
Tory MSP Donald Cameron said: “This statement shows how far Labour have moved away from the patriotic pro-UK stance they once held.
“Calling for the abolition of the monarchy is a more extreme position than even Nicola Sturgeon is willing to take.”
After attack lines were sent to journalists across Scotland, the socialist MSP stuck to her guns and went further.
Writing on Sunday night, Ms Villalba said that not only does she want to abolish the monarchy but she would also like to see an end to hunger, homelessness, fuel poverty and household debt.
She added: “These things destroy lives, limit potential and choke the economy. Let’s abolish the lot and build a socialist republic.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.