The maiden speech that 20 year old SNP MP Mhairi Black delivered in the House of Commons last week has now received over ten million views online. In it she attacked George Osborne’s benefits cuts and challenged Labour to work with her party in order to create an effective opposition to the Tories. She also pointed out that under Osborne’s new budget, she is the only person in the UK under the age of 21 who is entitled to receive housing benefits.
The BBC said:
It has been watched more than 8 million times on Channel 4 and Buzzfeed’s Facebook pages, with hundreds of thousands of views on newspaper sites, YouTube and the SNP’s own site. On the BBC the story has been viewed 150,000 times.
SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson commented on the UK’s youngest MP:
“Mhairi’s outstanding maiden speech was principled and passionate. She is without a doubt a huge credit to Paisley and to the SNP. The House of Commons listened in silence to its youngest member remind us all why we are sitting in our place and those we were elected to speak for – it is of no surprise that this message had resonance far beyond the walls of Westminster. That millions of people across the UK and abroad watched her speech is staggering.”
Unfortunately – due to Labour’s abstention on the welfare bill and all round lack of integrity – it looks like the SNP are for now the only opposition party of any consequence currently in Westminster.
Since then Mhairi has criticised Tony Blair’s assertion that the SNP are a party of ‘cave men’. The disgraced former PM said:
“It’s the politics of the first caveman council when he pointed with his club across the forest and said ‘they’re the problem, over there, that’s the problem’.”
To which Mhairi responded:
“On any reading of his record, Tony Blair was the one with the primitive policy – dragging the country into an illegal war in Iraq, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and causing massive instability to the region, the ramifications of which we continue to live with.
His criticism of the SNP government suggest someone badly out of touch, presumably unaware that SNP poll ratings have reached 60 per cent this month, but we take nothing for granted for the future.”