11 April 2015: The bullying behind the SNP’s smiles – An article written by Andrew Gilligan
Scots separatists’ leaders may present a respectable face to voters but at grassroots level some members are less genial http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11529177/The-bullying-behind-the-SNPs-smiles.html
A response fom Calton Jock
Reading Andrew Gilligan’s article it was clear that he was reporting various incidents having first gleaned the information from the press. But that only serves to expose the weakness of his arguments since the media, with the exception of a recently intoduced daily the “National” is entirely owned and contolled by persons and organisations outwith Scotland. These entities are ever guilty of distorting the truth of any situation casting in a bad light individuals with a leaning towards support of Scotland as a nation distinct and different in every way from England.
You will have noted I am a native of, “the Calton” in Glasgow the place the electorate of which Margaret Curran is pledged to support. She has failed quite badly in that respect preferring to plough the furrow at Westminster in support of the London Based Labour Party. Gilligan’s glaring lack of understanding of Scottish wit is what persuades him and others of a similar ilk to their view that people who live to the North of Hadrians Wall are just a wee bit removed from cavemen which is total twaddle.
Addressing the confrontation involving Margaret Curran and the two Nationalist’s their actions may have been a wee bit, “over the top” but their natural exhuberance was enhanced by the euphoria of actually meeting the elusive Margaret, a rare occurence indeed in the Calton. Giligan’s moan about filming is without substance since the introduction of the “selfie” can be attributed to the London elite. Even the Queen, David Cameron and Miliband are at it. Instant celebs eh!!
I covered the grafitti incident in Aberdeen in my post. https://caltonjock.com/2015/04/14/scottish-and-uk-media-reporting-policies-double-standards-two-glaring-examples-of-news-distortion-in-favour-of-the-red-blue-unionist-parties/ Again the media manipulating evidence to suit their agenda of misinformation
The Labour canvasser in Renfrewshire was not threatened with a chainsaw by an SNP supporter. It was a used weedkiller burner incapable of scorching a fingernail let alone a decapitation. The canvasser was a Councillor with a superior attitude from the affluent Newton Mearns. Not the best use of labour supporters.
Gilligan’s asserted that “nationalism’s recent rise has also involved something more troubling; delegitimising and dehumanising opponents – not just disagreeing with their arguments, but also denying their very right to argue at all.” This well constructed attack on nationalism should be attributed to the “Nationalist Unionist Fear Campaign” launched by the Westminster establishment around 2 year’s ago. My series of articles “People of Influence Whom You Hardly Know” provides support to my view.
The James Cook “Twitterate” nonsense and the BBC plea for fair mindedness was rich coming from an organisation that has lost the respect of the vast bulk of Scots due to it’s on-going campaign of misinformation designed to provide unqualified support to the Westminster establishment regardless of the truth of any situation. I have written many articles exposing the weaknesses of an organisation totally under the control of the labour party, Westminster and the US. The BBC in Scotland should be regulated as it was before, by a body comprised of Scots elected by Scots. Getting back to James Cook his approach at the time he interviewed Nicola Sturgeon was over robust and questions put to her had been formed from an opinion that what he had been told by some other person was true which is unprofessional hence the increase in the volume of twittering.
Nick Robinson is no stranger to violence. I well remember his attack on an old man and his violent destruction of a banner he had been displaying http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1322547/BBCs-Nick-Robinson-loses-cool-sign-waving-anti-war-protesters.html I witnessed the incident involving Mr Salmond. And the heavily doctored BBC report broadcast later. It seemed to me Mr Robinson was not at his best since despite a display of endless patience by Mr Salmond Nick persisted in his clearly biased questioning. The final put-down by Alex Salmond brought to an end any respect might have had for Nick which is sad.
The four SNP councillors suspended in December for burning a copy of the Smith Commission report on extra powers for Scotland did not burn a copy of the report they burned only the front cover, which in their view was the minimum response within their grasp. They were suspended from the party for a time, which was a fit punishment for exposing the SNP to critisism . That they have been reinstated proper in the circumstances..
Muriel Gray, the Scottish writer’s comment “Politics is now like a religion in Scotland, it used to be debateable and enthralling Now it is tribal, identity politics, for us or against us. Tragic.”
Noting the turnout in the referendum exceeded 90% in the vast bulk of Scottish cities and regions I prefer the reverse statement “Politics in Scotland is now debateable and enthralling. It used to be like a religion in Scotland, tribal, identity politics, for us or against us. Great.”
To conclude. Gilligan’s article is in my view vulgar dribble designed to inflame not inform. He has done better work.