Humza Yousaf displayed his Humpty Dumpty tendencies in his first conference speech as SNP leader. Referring to building a “fairer society” and wanting to “make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country”, he claimed that the SNP had used its time in government to “cement our social contract with the people.  A contract that says, yes, those who earn the most should pay the most”.

Then without any embarrassment came the proclamation: “I can announce to the people of Scotland that, next year, your council tax will be frozen”. The superfluous “I can announce” is standard rhetoric signalling a big announcement but usually follows logically from what had just been said.

Only the blindly loyal could fail to see the inconsistency. A council tax freeze will benefit the better off that while requiring cuts in public services. As theatre goes, the speech combined farce with tragedy.

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