What does Wings Over Scotland’s Twitter suspension tell us about Unionists?

The Twitter suspension of Wings Over Scotland is over and normal services is resumed, though Daily Express ‘journalist’ Siobhan McFadyen continues to hysterically paint independence/SNP as violent abusive thugs. For someone who works for the gutter press she either has ridiculously thin skin or this is all being manufactured for an article or both, though her increasingly unhinged posting as resulted in this quality comeback from The National.

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McFadyen being somewhat humourless seems to have missed the humour in the comment choosing instead to endless mention how she’s contacted the police, re-Tweet Twitter’s share price and angrily respond to people who are asking her questions in a calm manner. It’s almost as if she doesn’t understand the technology she’s using or likes the two-way aspect of Twitter.

But what does this tell us of Unionists?

It’s another example of just how insane, not to mention either fascistic or authoritarian they’re becoming. One of the reasons I’ve not really done many politics blogs at the minute is because since the EU referendum politics across the UK is a mess, nobody has a clue what’s happening (anyone who say they do is a lying bastard) and there’s a rising level of fear, anger and entitlement from a hardening section of Unionists who know that a second Scottish independence referendum is for them, something they may lose.

What did stand out yesterday were those who may obviously support the Union but decried the suspension for what it was; a deeply illiberal and manufactured act from a ‘journalist’ working for a hard to far right newspaper, the Daily Express. It shows a certain recognition that there’s an extreme element in Unionism that isn’t liberal and that some opponents of independence are more reasonable than one would have previously considered. Then of course there’s Andrew Neil

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Neil and others like him lumber around like dinosaurs aware that an asteroid is coming that may possibly render them extinct and are raging at the sky in the hope that their cries of entitled anguish stop it from hitting them. If, or indeed when a second referendum happens it’s going to be a vastly more polarised affair than last time but what does concern me is the way many Unionists seem intent on creating an air of potential violence which drags me back to Siobhan McFadyen who is indicative of these type of people.

Independence supporters and SNP voters/members (the two are not mutually inclusive) have to not give these people any excuses and they’re not, so this angers the likes of McFadyen or Neil even more. See, I think they want violence in the streets. They want people to be hurt as long as they support independence or vote SNP. There’s risky times ahead for all and what we now know is how far some will go, who will rightfully call out a wrong and how some will carry on and on in the hope they smear all and sundry.

Til we find out what Brexit actually is, we’re in this phase. When things start to become clear then things will really ramp up so let’s be careful and be aware that the most vocal or insistent supporters of the British state are the right to far right who will do or say anything to make their opponents look like the worst in society, yet they can’t see their own actions make them themselves the worst in society. Especially those working for the likes of the Daily Express.

Wings Over Scotland has been suspended from Twitter

Wings Over Scotland is one of the new media outlets that’s sprung up reporting on Scottish politics over the last few years. It has a reputation for reporting on the stories the mainstream media don’t, or scraping off the bullshit to uncover the truth. It does sometimes get things wrong, it does give the SNP a wee bit of an easier ride than I’d like and Stuart Campbell (the man behind the site) does sometimes enjoy rubbing people up the wrong way a wee bit too much.

It does however play an important and essential part of the new Scottish political spectrum and this morning the site’s Twitter account has been suspended.

Over the weekend Daily Express ‘journalist’ Siobhan McFadyen threw out an extraordinary article where she rewrote history in her own skewed image in an article so cringely wrong, that it looked like she was attracting attention to herself. Since then McFadyn has spent the weekend on Twitter trying hard to manufacture outrage and calling on Twitter support (and well and the New York Times and J.K Rowling, the latter giving away her intention) for help. This morning the Wings account has been suspended and she’s posted this on her Twitter feed.

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This is a link to this article at The Times which is two years old, but a look at her Twitter feed reveals what looks like an attempt to attack independence supporters while suggesting she’s been the subject of abuse, which a look through her timeline does back up at all.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out the suspension is an effect of McFadyen’s campaign over the weekend, and one has to point out that this is effectively the work of someone who seems to be wanting to silence dissenting voices. If it is then this is concerning and I hope we see the mainstream media throwing their hands up in outrage over this as they did over say, David Torrance’s flouncing from Twitter.

I’ll not hold my breath on that one.

Wings Over Scotland have produced a Wee Black Book and it’s brilliant

During the Scottish Independence referendum, Wings Over Scotland produced the Wee Blue Book, a handy guide to some of the arguments for independence which helped change many a person’s mind in the course of the campaign. Of course as we’re constantly reminded by the British establishment, Scotland voted no which is fine. That’s the democratic decision of the people.

However today, the 24th March 2016 is the proposed day of independence, and the media is swamped by articles explaining how Scotland had a ‘near miss’ and is safe in the arms of a Union that really takes care of people, honest. Scotland made the right choice to let the likes of George Osborne decide what to do, and the influence of Nigel Farage and his beige fascists are as benign as the tumour in my neck.

Today Wings Over Scotland released the Wee Black Book, a handy guide to the last 18 months or so of failed promises, shattered lies and bullshit that the people of Scotland have had to deal with. With elections in Scotland for Holyrood less than two months away it’s a handy way to remind the likes of Labour, Tories and Lib Dems that in fact their fight to save Scotland from it’s own self-determination has resulted in the most brutal, savage government in my memory (and it’s got plenty of competition) to ravage the people of Scotland and indeed, the UK for the wealthy arseholes they do business for.

So remember the gloating, schadenfreude and mockery today. There’s elections soon and then the next few months could bring enormous change after the EU Referendum which so far, is dominated by fact-free bumbling cretins like Boris Johnson or racists like Nigel Farage.

And then realise that there’s a new generation coming that aren’t inhibited by a fondness for the Union, and they’re not going to believe the lies of Unionists desperate to save their own necks.

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One morning at some point in my lifetime (and I fully intent to be around to see this) they’ll be an independent Scotland, They’ll be a hard future ahead but it’ll be free of the psychopathic Tories, and the supine Scottish Labour Party. Then it might actually move forward and provide an example for the remaining countries of the UK to finally kick back against the agenda that’s wrecked so much, and so many people’s lives over the last 37 years.

Conspiracy theories about the Scottish Referendum are a waste of time

Since last Friday there’s been plenty of conspiracy theories about the result of the referendum, from dodgy counters, to Yes votes being chucked in with No and on and on. Google them, I’m not linking to them as regular readers of this blog will know how I feel about conspiracy theories.  

Thankfully the website Wings Over Scotland debunks all of them and makes it clear, that really people should be putting all that energy into the next round to ensure that in the next 3-5 years when Westminster yet again fails Scotland that the next referendum for Scottish independence is the one where Yes gets not just over the line, but well over the line with the majority of the people of Scotland standing together to shape their future.

This isn’t to say that investigation of the alleged electoral fraud in Glasgow should be forgotten about as that may well go down the same path as Tower Hamlets, but right now move to shape Scotland’s future not by dwelling on defeat. I understand that people are angry and need something to cling onto, but Yes lost and frankly, people need to deal with that and move on. Don’t let the last year or two’s positivity be lost and join in with the incredible movement in Scotland that’s showing that country leads the Union in terms of political activism.

Next up is the general election in May. Throw all your energies into campaigning to oust all Unionist MP’s from Scotland, or at the very least send a serious message to the Westminster parties that it really isn’t over.

The battle was lost, but the fight for Scottish Independence continues.

When writing a script for a film, comic, or drama generally you’ll often see the cliche of the hero or heroine getting to the end of the second act, failing (or if it’s a 1980’s action film, being tortured by Viet Cong, evil drug lords, or robots from the future) to succeed just when you think they’re going to win. At the end of this act the hero/heroine is at their lowest and you cannot think they will come back to win but yes, they do in the third and final act and the myth of the hero prevails.

Of course this is a hopeless over-romanticisation of what’s happened in relation to the Scottish Referendum and the No side winning. As pointed out in previous blogs, there’s a lot of pain and anger that already, only a few hours and days later, the ‘iron timetable’ unraveled so that what was supposed to be a debate about constitutional reform in not only Scotland, has turned into a debate about Home Rule in England, extra powers for the city of London and Ed Milliband’s pledge to raise the minimum wage to a whopping £8 an hour by 2020, which at that time, will be actually a paycut for most people.

Sadly, the No vote was built on a lie as is pointed out here at Wings of Scotland from Eric Joyce MP who feels distraught about the lies spun, and being spun by David Cameron, Ed Milliband and Gordon Brown. This however is a Labour MP suddenly realising that his job is under threat in May as is every single Labour MP in Scotland who must be looking at the enormous increases in membership (as I write this SNP membership has increased by 9000 since Friday morning) with the SNP, SSP and Greens in just a few short days since the result . They must be looking online at groups like We Are The 45% which is keeping some momentum going, though personally I feel they need to be more inclusive of No voters feeling buyers remorse and wishing they’d voted Yes.

Right now things are fluid and moving quickly, but it’s clear that a tactical alliance will be formed between all the parties supporting independence so that these parties send a large amount of MP’s to Westminster in May, and whittle down Labour MSP’s in 2016. In whatever form this campaign takes when it settles, it needs to be positive with no recriminations which is what this splendid statement from the National Collective says. It cannot use the negative tactics of Better Together, who are now tearing apart their union and throwing blame at all within their ranks because they know they won this battle, but they were the bad guy. They were the ones leering over a people telling lies about pensions, oil (which would be such a burden if Scotland had it, but an asset if Westminster did), business, food prices, train times, postal services, and even whether Doctor Who would be shown in Scotland if it gained independence.

Then there’s the fact Better Together stirred up some dark forces. It’s true at the start of this campaign they disowned the Orange Lodge and the far right who were campaigning to keep the Union, but in the last few weeks, they seemed less interested in putting them at a distance. This led directly to Loyalists not only rioting in Glasgow last Friday, but far-right groups being empowered so Britain First now have more than a toehold in Scotland. Of course I know there were Yes campaigners arrested on Friday, but the majority of the media has ignored the large amounts of violence which has come from a tiny, but vocal part of the No campaign. Though an honourable mention has to go to Channel 4 News with Alex Thompson and Paul Mason being exceptional in their impartiality, Thompson is also the only national UK journalist to so far report on the arson attack on the Sunday Herald building, a paper which was the only one in the UK to support independence.

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As for the media bias and those who may suggest sour grapes, I can only post this film and ask people to make their own minds up.

Right now we have no idea what is going to happen. People are grieving for what could have been and it feels like there’s no way back from this, but the sense of loss and anger will be replaced by a sense that come May in the general election, the people of Scotland can speak to send Westminster a message. Don’t vote Tory. Don’t vote UKIP. Don’t vote Lib Dem. Don’t vote Labour. All are anti-democratic Unionist parties more interested in their own vested interests. I know people supposedly of the left and allegedly democrats south of the border are going to be angered at the thought of Scotland rejecting Labour, but tough. Labour are not of the left.

Of course had Scotland voted Yes on Thursday, on Friday morning we’d have seen constitutional change not just for an independent Scotland, but across the UK as everything would have had to be rewritten. We didn’t get that. We got a grey, dank morning which summed up a dark mood, but now put that behind us all and close the second act. The third act is where we win!