Monday morning, I expected the usual routine of ignoring Torrance’s latest regurgitation of his article, but no Scottish Twitter was buzzing over something else…
It’s amazing how some people can get away with lies, harassment, incitement or truly offensive language and yet Twitter does nothing. (The Spanner account being a prime example) Yet Rev. Stu Campbell gets suspended after he tweets calling an Express Katie Hopkins wannabe a disgrace after she writes an article full of lies and bile.
I’m fairly sure the Express is in a panic. It’s level of batshit crazy has noticeably increased with regard to Nicola Sturgeon and the prospect of another Independence Referendum.
It’s always been uber-Yoon, but I think that like the rest of the Leave campaign it expected a close loss after which it could continue to bitch and whine from the sidelines. But Leave won and now it has to face the consequences of what’s going to happen, including that its own readers are going to be inconvenienced to some degree.
It’s looking for a distraction / scapegoat and right now Scotland is its target. The Express- like our Tory MSPs – can keep screaming all they like about uncertainty from IndyRef, but everyone else keeps pointing out the fucking huge florescent Brexit elephant currently tap-dancing in the corner.
Wings is far from a saint, he does say things I disagree with. But what he does do – incredibly well – is fact check. I don’t think there is anyone who calls to account the British media to the extent he does.
There are a number of people of the Yes side who are probably happy today, the ones who regularly call for a boycott. All I can say to them is if you want people to stop following Wings, do what he does but do it better. People follow and support him for his work, not his walks around Bath.
It will be interesting to see how Scotland’s journalists respond to this after all the recent drama over Daisley. Will they condemn this attack on free speech? Especially as it looks to have been instigated by a “newspaper”.
As for his suspension, well it’s not like there aren’t alternative ways to access his work – even Facebook as a last resort.
Image: Brown kiwi (wingless – geddit?)