SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald has condemned the notion of xenophobic hatred.

Speaking after the uncovering of an alleged Neo-Fascist rock group’s possible gig in the Falkirk area over the weekend of the 22nd of October, Mr. MacDonald praised the efforts of his SNP Parliamentarian colleagues for their actions, and called on racial hatred to be stamped out.

Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:

“There has been a distinct change in the atmosphere since June 23rd, and it is not a change for the good. The rise in anti-migrant rhetoric emerging from an increasingly right-wing Tory Government, coupled with the victimisation of people who have made the UK their home, is something which can only be described as deplorable.

“I am glad to say that this trend is being completely bucked in Scotland, where hate crime has fallen in the same period of time. The swift actions of Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP in looking for this group to be banned from entering the UK are to be welcomed. There is no place for hatred, never mind Neo-Nazi hatred in society, and there never has been. Also the actions of my SNP colleague John McNally MP striving to bring this to the attention of the UK Government, an effort which was rejected by the House of Commons, shows that we are taking a different approach to post-Brexit Scotland than our counterparts in Westminster.

“Xenophobia, racism and any form of hatred has no place in society. As we look outward to the possibilities ahead of us in Scotland, it is satisfying to note that the wider public has won out over this hatred. The gig will no longer take place due to the outcry and subsequent actions taken. The message is clear: Scotland will not tolerate hatred.”

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