Organisation slams “grave robber” Labour MSP over Riggi remarks

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Scotland’s national home education organisation Schoolhouse has strongly condemned Labour MSP Duncan McNeil’s attack on home education in the wake of the tragic Riggi case, describing comments he made in The Sunday Post as “insensitive, deplorable and tantamount to grave robbing.”

The charity will now consider making a formal complaint about his conduct via the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.


Scotland’s national home education organisation Schoolhouse has strongly condemned Labour MSP Duncan McNeil’s attack on home education in the wake of the tragic Riggi case, describing comments he made in The Sunday Post as “insensitive, deplorable and tantamount to grave robbing.”

The charity will now consider making a formal complaint about his conduct via the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

Mr McNeil has claimed that a lack of action by the SNP over home-schooling may have contributed to the Riggi deaths by leaving the children vulnerable.  The comments by the MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde were described as unacceptable by a Scottish government spokesperson who went on to accuse Mr McNeil of trying to make political capital out of the tragedy.

The Labour MSP’s comments also prompted a similar response from the home education organisation Schoolhouse who accused the MSP of trying to score cheap political points.

The Schoolhouse spokesperson said: “We find it deeply disturbing that Duncan McNeil has seen fit to use the deaths of three innocent children in Edinburgh last week to peddle vile personal prejudice and score cheap political points at the expense of a minority community of law abiding citizens.

“The fact that the Riggi children were home educated is no more relevant than the fact that they were Americans, and McNeil’s hysterical remarks have caused deep distress and offence to Scotland’s home educating community who have just lost three young members in tragic circumstance.

Mr McNeil was also accused of inaccuracy after he claimed that work was being carried out in England as part of the Badman review to tighten up home-schooling laws.

The Schoolhouse spokesman said:
“He has not only indulged in conduct unbecoming of an MSP, he cannot even get his facts straight. The law in England has not changed and the Badman recommendations were thrown out before the May election.

“Schoolhouse will be writing to McNeil’s office demanding an apology on behalf of our members and asking him to enlighten us as to how, exactly, draconian regulation of home education might have saved these poor children. In the absence of an apology and retraction, we will consider lodging a formal complaint with the Scottish Parliament over his disgraceful conduct .”

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