Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Mary, Queen of Scots
An SNP MSP had lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament, calling for the body of Mary, Queen of Scots to be brought back to Scotland from England.
In a way, I could perhaps see the point in this if she was in some paupers grave which was targetted by malicious Morris Dancers. But she's not.
She's in this rather fabulous tomb in Westminster Abbey:
In fact she was buried in Westminster Abbey on the instruction of her son, King James. If that is the wishes of her next of kin, who provided her with a tomb that is sumptuous by any standards, then why on earth would anyone think it an acceptable idea to move the body, several centuries later?
Given that unemployment is on the rise, the threat of fuel poverty is greater now than ever before, and increasing numbers of Scots are facing the stark possiblity of losing their homes, is this really something worth pursuing?