Bendict Brogan has a story today about Strathclyde Police, who appear to have overstepped their remit by setting up their own passport control at Prestwick, demanding that domestic passengers produce passports.
(hat tip to Rab)
This has only come to light because a troup of Conservative MPs including Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary arrived at the airport (from England) to be confronted by the local plod with the demand that they produce passports.
Of course, no police force or anybody for that matter, has the right to demand identity papers from UK citizens who travel in the UK.
After all, this is not a police state.
Now, I am all in favour of border controls, but being English myself, in Scotland, am I going to have to wear a yellow star from now on too? If this story is factually true, then the SNP have lost my vote, as from today.
I may have been a little hasty.
I wrote this late at night, somewhat the worse for wear. I do not, however, accept the contention that "this has nothing to do with the SNP". They govern, they are in charge of Strathclyde Police - either that or they have lost control of them. The SNP is responsible for the policies of Scottish Police forces, and since this is not a matter of law, but of something that has been made up on the spot, Alex Salmond should be very concerned. There is no law in this country that requires people to carry ID or specifically, passports, for the purposes of domestic travel and accordingly, demands to see one are absurd and an abuse of rights.
As for my voting intentions, I am not fickle, I have voted SNP since arriving here Seven years ago.