…but I didn’t think there was no political expression in football:
The SNP politician was asked to respond to an incident at Tynecastle stadium before Sunday’s Hearts vs Celtic match.
It was put to Mr Mason that a fan wearing a t-shirt with “Free Palestine” across it was questioned by police.
He said: “I think that guy probably knew he shouldn’t be wearing that inside a football stadium.
“We should all know by now expressing political views is no longer acceptable at football matches.”
Ouch! And with that, his reputation as a great thinker took a nosedive.
But there was room in his mouth for the other foot too…
Mr Mason was then asked whether, for example, a Scotland fan at a match found wearing a “Yes” badge in support of independence should also be susceptible to police action. The MSP replied: “Yes.”
Someone in the SNP realised the hand-grenade that had just landed in their laps:
A SNP spokesman said: “The Offensive Behaviour Act is designed to ensure that football fans are able to enjoy going to support their team without being subject to the offensive behaviour of a small minority.
“While we are committed to reviewing the legislation after two years, figures show that the strong action taken is delivering results.
“People are of course free to express legitimate political views – and the legislation is quite clear that it is aimed at tackling offensive and threatening behaviour.”
Loosely translated: “Shut up, you idiot!”