Here’s why Kevin McKenna just lost my vote

AhDinnaeKen likes auld Kevin McKenna. He’s a universal stalwart of the Scottish media circle and highly entertaining to boot. It’s just a pity he’s such a terrible judge of character. Here’s why he’s lost AhDinnaeKen’s vote of confidence.

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The act of deference to Salmond which signalled Campbell’s future relationship as useful idiot.

By @ergasiophobeborn with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad

OCCASIONALLY, YOU can measure the value of a journalist by the nature of those they are prepared to support in public.

And so it is with the confessions of ‘weel kept’ hack, Kevin McKenna in The National newspaper recently. He thinks that incel snowflake ‘Reverend’ Stuart Campbell’s silly season entry into the world of fantasy electioneering will have a welcome impact in the real world of Scotland’s parochial politics.

As Kevin says, “The analysis of a new Wings party’s prospects of success can wait.” Probably forever.

In the meantime, let’s all just bask in the cartoon belief that Campbell could raise any sort of awareness in the Scottish public beyond the derisory reaction of, “who”?

This was Kevin’s reaction to Campbell some time ago: “he seems to be a bit of a rebel, a buccaneer and a brigand…” (with the emphasis on ‘seems’, this projection is more a reflection of Kevin than Wings)

“He doesn’t retreat and gets into fights with everyone.” (tell that to the block list Kev, a potent symbol of Campbell’s keenness to run away and hide like a “shy wee boy” at the first hint of trouble.)

” Newspapers used to be like that too.” Kev deludes himself.

When I saw this obloquy from Kevin, a wee shard of incredulity pierced my soul. Imagine indulging in this sort of rose tinted projectionism while simultaneously missing the obvious ‘tells’ which point out all the cliches and archetypes of Nationalism which Campbell represents and personifies.

I don’t know if Kevin is a realist but imagine being able to face Jock McAverage, the everyday punter in a Scottish street, and try to convince him/her that Campbell is anything other than a sadsack geeky loner who missed every adult rite of passage as life passed him by in a parallel virtual reality of sixteen bit videogames

“So what makes you think I’d vote for him then sunshine?”

“Well, he’s lived more than half of his babyman bachelorhood life in the heart of the country he claims is occupying Scotland. And he’s a veteran at losing court cases and humiliating himself publicly.”

“Get tae fuck ya tosser, there’s a place for weirdo losers like that. It’s cawed Twitter.”

Campbell is the guy who threatens to knock folks heids in when he’s exposed for blatantly lying ; thinks Liverpool fans are to be blamed for the Hillsborough disaster despite the overwhelming evidence which found otherwise; perjures himself in open court in order to gag the right of gay women to free speech; and “holds others to a higher standard of respect than he is willing himself to adopt.”

If you think this guy is worth supporting then I’d say you’re on the road to a straitjacket.

We can also be entertained by imagining how much urine was discharged when people pished themselves laughing at Campbell’s political ambitions.

This is a guy who’s so ugly that young women when asked the simple question, “do you think he’s good looking?” snort with derision and say, “naw, he’s a fuckin’ minger” (true story, 100% verbatim quote).

According to Kevin, “the Reverend Campbell is the devil incarnate of virtue-signallers everywhere.  He stalks the nightmares of those who carefully monitor the prevailing trends in society…” Which may be true in Twitterland if you change “virtue-signallers” to “women”.

For Campbell has a special reserve of hatred for women. Particularly if they’re attractive, intelligent and outspoken: Kezia Dugdale, Kate Higgins, Clare Lally, Michelle Mone, Ruth Davidson, Angela Haggerty etc. etc.

There’s an endless well of poison held in reserve by Campbell for women like the above. Women whom Campbell could never hope to possess or subjugate to his will.

He once even told Ms Haggerty that his belief in equality gave him the right to assault her if need be. Though I know who I’d be betting on if the two were ever to meet in a boxing ring. Pro-tip, it wouldn’t be the angry babyman of Bath.

But the deepest darkest well. The well that feeds the empty vacuous rage of his incel impotence, is the contemptuous sinister hatred he currently reserves for Kezia Dugdale and his humiliatingly public defeat at the hands of her victory for the right of politicians and everyday citizens to free speech.

As one intelligent switched on pre-grad lawyer recently Skyped: “He’s trying to financially bury her in a hole so that he can get the apology he so desperately craves to get vindication.

“It’s not about the decision. It’s about his need to crush her into nonexistence so he can feed fuel to his cult.”

Campbell’s behaviour re Dugdale is an essential reading of character. It’s a monumental ‘tell’. This behaviour is the mark of raw unhinged misogyny incarnate fuelled by the insanity of insular incel rage externalised.

If Campbell and any other members of his Perjurers Party were to make it to Holyrood via the list system then it’s extremely unlikely that the Indy movement could ever claim to be ‘civic’, ‘progressive’ or ‘joyful’ again.

For then the mask will not so much have slipped as been ripped off by the “unbelievable fury” which drives the worst aspects of any Nationalism – intolerance of the other and the need to destroy them.

Kevin McKenna never mentioned Campbell’s belief that Scotland was “the most gutless country in the world” when he was interviewed by Kenny Farquharson of the Times recently. Nor did Kevin point out another Campbell ‘tell’ when he referred to the people of Scotland as “you people” from his base in England.

Campbell’s party would be a party which would thrive on finger pointing, blaming, othering, threatening, intimidating and damaging every single strand of belief in the indy community which was built up pre-September 2014.

In the face of this, we need fewer maudlin, myopic, insular apologists like McKenna, and the fewer the f***ing merrier.

 

 

 

 

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Wings Over Scotland – the unbelievable liar behind the unbelievable fury

INCEL SNOWFLAKE and serial court case loser, Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland, is thinking of forming his own political party. AhDinnaeKen reveals the reason why it should be called the Perjurers Party:

Wings -Council Cites

By @ergasiophobelie detector, perjury detector, charlatan exposer

WHEN STUART Campbell of Wings responded to the reference to this blog in court by Kezia Dugdale’s defence lawyer, he committed an act of deliberate perjury.

The perjury wasn’t central to the case but it was perjury nevertheless.

Campbell deliberately lied in open court while simultaneously attempting to gag free speech and, in the process, make a young, ambitious, gay woman, homeless.

Perjury is defined as: “The crime of wilfully and knowingly making a false statement about a material fact while under oath.”

The following exhibits – statements in Tweets by Campbell himself – prove his answer was a knowing lie ergo, Campbell is a perjurer.

Exhibit Number One:Wings - Demented Hatewank

Incidentally, take note of Campbell’s laughably stupid attempt at put down of Loki. He can’t even get the facts right. Loki is merely quoting a 2014 tweet of Campbell’s about treating anyone appearing on the BBC as a scab.

By that logic Loki is “parroting” Campbell and therefore Campbell is referring to himself as a “psychotically mental obsessive Yoon stalker” and a “demented hatewank”.

Seems closer to the mark.

Anyone still want to claim the incel snowflake of Bath is a master of “forensic analysis”?

Me neither.

But, jokes aside, the part of the tweet that should be paid attention to is the statement: “the police want to arrest him, but Twitter won’t hand over his details.

Curious.

Exhibit Number Two:

Wings Stalker Arrested

So, in court, Campbell says his stalker of ten years has been investigated by police for threatening to rape and murder him but they “could not track the individual.” Yet, above, he claims the police had to arrest his imaginary stalker for threatening to rape and murder him.

So which is it? Was this heinous fantasy stalker arrested by police or not?

Perhaps Campbell could explain. But given he’s such a confused and inconsistent liar you couldn’t/wouldn’t believe him anyway.

Exhibit Number Three:

Wings -Police

It’s worth noting that the Tweet above has been pinned on the @ergasiophobe twitter feed for over a year. That’s approximately 9 months before Campbell’s public exposure and humiliation at the hands of the court over his vindictively vexatious defamation claim against Kezia Dugdale.

AhDinnaeKen can think of very few crimes more heinous or serious than rape and murder (other than, say, calling Campbell a homophobe) yet Campbell or, more importantly, the police have made no contact either through the blog or by Twitter.

The only logical conclusion to be gleaned from the material facts is that Campbell knowingly lied to the court and, by definition, committed perjury.

So, if the hilarious prospect of Campbell ever forming or standing in a political party comes to fruition we’ll all know what to call it: The Perjurers Party.

Tommy Sheridan for shadow Law and Justice minister anyone?

Wings Sheridan Tweet

Yes. Absolutely gobsmacking that people would object to a misogynist and convicted perjurer being associated with their campaign.

 

Wings Perjurer

Perjurer lies about perjuring himself before perjuring himself in court.

 

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Sturgeon vows SNP will be more anti-semitic

NICOLA ANTI-SEMITIC VOW

SNP will adopt an anti-trade union, anti-semitic stance which is Stronger for Scotland.

By Ester Minationethno purity and final solutions correspondent

NICOLA STURGEON has been urged to investigate claims that SNP members aren’t officially anti-semitic enough in their attacks on English trade unionists.

The ethno-Nationalist “Groin Beater” blog, in a flaccid attack on last week’s Glasgow public sector strike, claimed that there was no place for Jews, English people and trade unionists in a brave new independent Scotland.

The author has denied claims of having any meaningful intelligence.

The blog also criticised Labour candidate Valkyrie Wolfson for being young, attractive, a woman, politically active and Jewish.

But most of all it attacked her for being an English Jewish Trade Unionist woman.

“Hitler didn’t show us the way to deal with Trade Unions and then expect us to turn a blind eye in the name of civic Nationalism.” frothed Mr Groin Beater.

“Unions are fascism’s Public Enemy Number 1. And the sooner Nicola and the independence movement embrace that fact, the sooner we can purge oor great wee nation of all of the trade unions and trouble makers – particularly the female Jewish Labour ones.” he added.

Ms Sturgeon is said to be privately disgusted that more of her MPs, MSPs, coonsellors and officials hadn’t actively promoted Mr Groin Beater’s blog:

“We’ll take no lessons from Labour about which party can be the most anti-semitic,” she growled.

“We’ve goat oor ain wee Justiceminster to prove it. And ye want to hear him when he gets stertet.”

Ms Wolfson was last seen being escorted by Gestapo Police Scotland to the notorious re-education camp, Scotlinka, in Rutherglen.

Mr Groin Beater is 45, a virgin and still lives with his mum who affectionately refers to him as “Mussolini”.

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I can’t believe it’s not “Utter” is getting a new cliche thanks to Humza

Humza QT Pic

“It’s utterly appalling the utter crap the media will dredge up about my utter reliance on utter” uttered Mr Yousaf yesterday.

By Utter Stutterlinguistics and lexiphanic cliche analyst

THE SCOTTISH Parliament’s Justiceminster, Mr Humza Yousaf, angrily attacked “utter media hypocrisy” yesterday in a dispute over cliches which arose after the publishing of a letter in the Dundee Courier.

Letter writer, Jukov Sutherland, had reported that Mr Yousaf’s general utterances were littered with intellectually vacuous statements prefixed by the cliched use of “utter” or “utterly”.

Humza utterly denied this, claiming that it was utterly despicable to pick on his use of utter because, as Justiceminster for the people of his community, he was utterly committed to its everyday use on their behalf.

He said: “I utterly refute this claim.

“It is utterly insulting to my name and displays an utter lack of respect to me, my friends, my family, my pets, my Panini football sticker collection, my community, my politics, my beliefs, my party, my country and anything else which has anything utterly to do with me.

“I will be writing to the leader of the mainstream media party and will make it utterly clear how utterly appalling this insult is coming from an utter bunch of utter nutters.

“I will be expecting several utter resignations following my writing of an utterly outraged letter.

“As Justiceminster for Transport, or something, I utterly condemn this utterly heartbreaking recognition of my utter commitment to vacuous intellectually challenged utter cliches.”

The SNP however utterly backed their Justiceminster’s human right to rely on tediously repetitive cliches:

“Look, we’ve utterly relied on the use of grievance cliches to get where we are today. It’s an utter success story that our utterances even get listened to never mind believed.

“Leave the boy alone, it’s an utter improbability that he’ll get found out any time soon.”

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Twitter to be purged of Anti-Scots accounts

FOR TOO long Twitter has been a platform for free expression. This has to stop. Some people might not agree with independence and this has been found to be offensive to true Scots – a beacon for independence thought and humanity. AhDinnaeKen investigates Alyn Smith MEP’s crusade against the forces of independence darkness:

Alyn Smith Twitter

I haff a list of all Anti-Scots Twitter accounts  by geo-location and they can expect a night time visit if they do not desist from their Anti-Scots behaviour said the Europrat (above) yesterday.

By Paw Gromfreedom of speech and politically motivated hostilities detective

TWITTER USERS in Scotland are a “clear target” for fundraising mendicants operated by hostile assimilated Englishmen, a report commissioned by an SNP Europrat has found.

The report estimated that somewhere between 98% and 100% of assimilated English Twitter activity is “positively malign”.

Most of this potentially faux activity centres around independence and the need to raise money to sue women for freely expressed newspaper comments.

But despite this, the report said Scotland’s social media usage remains “largely repetitive”.

The report was carried out by Cosmopolitan Speech Inspector turned investigative censor and author JJ Goebbels.

A new website was also launched to assist ‘verified’ Scots Twitter users to ‘report’ and ‘out’ Anti-Scots Twitter abusers.

What were the conclusions of the investigation?

The report points the finger at those hostile to the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP).

They are invariably classified as “state hostile yoons and non-state hostile yoons”.

Scotland is a clear target for “Yoons” due to the embedding of the only party which claims to be “Stronger for Scotland” – the SNP.

The report concluded: “Scottish Twitter and Scotland in general does have a problem with ‘Yoons’, both malign and hateful, and the scale of the problem is quantifiable – 55% at the last referendum in 2014.

“This does have some impact on Scottish public discourse and there is too much influence exerted both on and off social media.

“However, Scotland remains largely positive that the Anti-Scots Yoons can be sent back to where they belong – England.”

What will be done about the problem?

The report says “simple changes” can make Twitter a no go zone for Yoons in Scotland and around the world.

These changes will include:

  • Twitter to identify and shut down Yoon accounts. Any profile which displays a Union flag or a ‘Yawn’ badge will be suspended indefinitely and their operators will forfeit 45% of their material goods.
  • Verification of Scots identity via geo-location into three categories: True Scots, Non-Scots and Anti-Scots.
  • Geo-blocking of any and all accounts which do not promote the official “Stronger for Scotland” philosophy of ‘Independence at all costs’.

The report states: “The presence of malign Yoons on the platform will continue as long as social media permits freedom of expression.

“This does impact on public discourse and even influences voting behaviour.

“Independence minded politicians need to lead the debate to discover final solutions, because the question is no longer if Yoons are for real but whether they should be allowed to freely express their reprehensible ideas.”

What has Alyn Smith said about the report?

Mr Smith said there had been moments where his sanctimonious expostulations had not rung true such as his claim to be ‘hard working’ at the European Parliament.

He explained: “Hardly anyone has heard of me and I need to appear relevant.

“I’ve received dozens of Tweets asking who I am and my retort of “ask Nicola” is mostly ignored.

“I do not have enough relevance or points of substance to make, to have an impact politically so, jumping on a conspiracy theory bandwagon with a smidgeon of substance seems the most likely direction to take in order to get a modicum of victimhood attention.”

The Europrat added: “We have to be honest too. By shutting down the Yoons, we can get over the hurdle of currency, EU membership and post independence austerity.

“The hateful Yoons don’t believe us when we say everything will work out fine.

“We’ll never change their minds, so this gives us the chance to shut them up instead.

“Or, at least, that’s what Alex Salmond told me.”

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Tribute to a great wee guy

THE PREMATURE death of a pet is a shock. I finished work today at 5pm and found out my wee cheeky cheety kat, Thomas, was deid. Gone forever. AhDinnaeKen gets maudlin and sentimental and chokes back the tears:

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Such a braw boy. I can’t believe he’s gone.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

THIS IS my tribute to my wee pal.

He was a runt. A wee bugger. A prolific bird killer – a behaviour which witnessed me close to strangling him umpteen times. But I loved him nevertheless.

And he’s dead now. Killed by who knows what or whom. Two years old. Barely out of kittenhood.

Affectionate, lovable, friendly and always amusing: particularly when I buzzed him with my mini drone and he whacked the life out of it and continued to hunt it forever after.

He never failed to greet me when I got in from work, climbing on top of the bonnet and windscreen to say hello. Eagerly following me into the house because he knew he’d be fed straight away. Cats are like that. I know.

He always joined us at night on the bed and slept the night through: But never failed to ask to get outside as soon as you got up – even if it was only for a pee at 4am in the morning.

Good natured and always up for a cuddle – he particularly liked his whole head being held in the palm of your hand while you rubbed his ears in a circular motion with your fingers- he was just a great wee guy.

He was a wee honey and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

Take care Thomas, you’ll have a place in my heart forever.

Regards.

Longshanker.

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Winter deaths up thanks to us claim SNP

IT’S LONG been known that the largest single block of No voters in the 2014 independence referendum were old, decrepit, closed minded, worthless “Yoons”. The SNP’s plan to deal with the “problem” has been hailed as a huge success by the “Indy minded” throughout the Nation. AhDinnaeKen reports:

Jeanne Freeman

“There are worse things than death. Have you ever spent time at an SNP conference?” asked Jeanne Freeman yesterday.

By Furr Coughhealth, age and psephology correspondent

“WINTER” DEATHS in Scotland reached their highest levels since devolution began, it was confirmed by the SNP today.

More than 23,000 oldies died as a result of SNP policies, leaflets, conferences, party political broadcasts and incessantly dull rhetoric that “indy is the only salvation”, according to the Department for Nationalist Statistics.

Virulent strains of Nationalist pish have been directly attributed to the encouraging rise in the number of fatalities.

Last winter the number of Nationalist pish related deaths trebled to just under 21,000.

Ms Yoon Hater, Chief Executive of Victory Through Fatality, said the long term trend should result in fewer available oldies and therefore less No voters to thwart any future Independence referendum plans.

And she added: “The average winter death value for the last eighteen years has been rising but ramped up exponentially in the last four (2014) as we became fully aware of who the true enemies of Scotland really were and whom we should indiscriminately target.”

The underlying causes of most of the additional deaths include boredom, lethargy, tediousness and monotony, all symptoms directly attributable to the SNP’s indy message and strategy.

Jeanne Freeman, Queen Quangocrat and something to do with health (this week), said:

“There is no doubt that we more than doubled our efforts into boring the oldies to death.

“These fantastic figures prove, if nothing else, that we’re getting something right.”

Nicola Sturgeon added: “This increase in fatalities should be seen as a beacon of our ‘progressive’ values.”

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Nicola’s supersized beacon sandwich

Nicola Conference Speech

“We have no hope of winning independence just now” said Nicola to conference, “so tell the zoomers to tone it down a bit eh!”

By Yewvbin Telt – First Minister speech analyst and biographer

NICOLA STURGEON has called for “beacons and belief” from fellow Nationalists in her SNP conference “speech devoid of hope”

The First Minister said she was “more confident than ever” that she wouldn’t be calling an independence referendum while she remained in power.

She added that members must “wait like kids wait for Santa” and work to win over the rest of the party into doing nothing, just like her.

Ms Sturgeon also announced new policies on evading the subject of independence, not listening to activists, and ignoring inconvenient democratic votes.

The first minister was in fast spin mode on the final day of the SNP’s three-day conference of #HopeNoIndyHappensHere2018.

She used her speech to hit out at “indy believers” and “AOUB” for reminding people that she was doing “hee haw bugger aw” for the “cause”.

The SNP leader kicked off the conference by announcing that there was no “hope” for an Independence referendum before 2021.

But she offered “hope” for those interested in “beacons” when she described Scotland as “a beacon of progressive values.

“We have lit so many “progressive” beacons for the world that we can afford to make beacon sandwiches for the planet.

“We will be a beacon for beacon sandwiches.”

She admitted that people demanding Independence were a “serious problem” for her party and she would do more to get rid of them.

“Ask Alex Salmond what happens.” she half joked.

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Mike Russell: Scotland must look at ways to be democratic without consulting the people

Mike Russell

By Otto Kratanti-democratic mandates correspondent

SCOTLAND MUST look at more imaginative ways of ignoring demcoratic mandates demanded Mike Russell yesterday.

The Scottish Government’s Grievance Secretary warned against “believing in the sovereign will of the people” because doing so would only return a repeat result of the referendums of 2014 and 2016.

Holyrood currently has no power to undermine democratic accountability but, that shouldn’t stop it trying to do so the Grievance Secretary explained.

The SNP leadership is currently facing a crisis of pointlessness despite facing the most pointless Wastemonster government since records began.

Mr Russell said an alternative route to giving Scots a say on independence without actually consulting the Scots must now be explored.

He said: “If democracy can’t deliver the results we Scots need then we must seek the approval of the highest authority in the land, All Under One Banner and Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh.”

He added: “There has to be a healthy discussion about the ways in which we can undermine and ignore those Scotch “Yoon” bastards who illegitimately don’t vote for us.”

Nicola Sturgeon today refused to rule out a Unilateral Declaration of Independence for all true SNP Scots.

She said: “As committed (European) Unionists and true Scots, we believe in the free movement of all non-independence supporting Scotch to England any time they’re ready.

“The sooner the better.” she added.

Mr Russell continued: “One of the big issues is the feeling of powerlessness that people have – especially me.

“We can’t have a second referendum in which we do not win that referendum.

“Therefore, logically, we’re not going to have one. We’re just going to declare independence anyway and keep our fingers crossed that no one notices.”

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Views sought on Scottish junk politics crackdown

THE MORE junk politics you consume, the less likely you are to consume the essential stimulation that your mind relies on and the more likely you are to become susceptible to morbid Nationalism. AhDinnaeKen looks at a new scam to promote healthy politics.

Junk Politics Collage

You can’t have junk politics and a healthy society said no Scottish blogger ever.

PLANS TO crack down on junk politics in a bid to cut Scotland’s Nationalism crisis have been put out to consultation.

The proposals could see restrictions placed on “supersized” assertions, free wheeling, multi-contradictions and junk politics displays on social media outlets.

The move would cover Craig Murray, Peter A Bell, Newsnet, Mike Small, James Kelly and the litigious angry babyman with the misogyny complex.

Views are being sought on whether to include Bella Caledonia and The National.

The proposals were first outlined by the Scottish government in July, with the public and the social media echo chamber now being invited to give their views in a consultation that will be completely ignored.

Forty five percent of adults in Scotland are full of shit and 29% are said to be grossly deluded – with the figures remaining stubbornly high over the past four years.

The government says it wants to cut excessive consumption of horse shit, bullshit, sugar coated assertions and social media delusions, which it says would reduce the risks of developing type 2 Indyrefitis,  a condition which leads to infighting disease.

But the Clowns Over Scotland Federation, which represents angry babymen and oddball social media eunuchs, has previously warned that the proposals would hit sadsack loners hardest and that there is no evidence the proposals would make one iota of a difference to the country’s general population.

The proposed restrictions would include, among other things, junk politics conspiracy theories, Kremlin supporting stooges, hate preaching misogynists, fake reverends, monotonous monologues masquerading as journalism and increased virtue signalling and overbearing sanctimony.

The new rules would apply to wherever unhealthy politics are sold to the public, including Twitter, Facebook and WordPress websites. Possible restrictions to other online outlets will also be explored.

Political health minister, Affur Fuksake said urgent action on politics high in assertion, fallacy and lies was needed to tackle Scotland’s “damaging relation with junk politics.”

He added: “No country has yet introduced such measures, so we cannot use the experience of Russia Today to demonstrate likely success.”

But the Online Echo Chamber Consortium said there needed to be a “level playing field” across the hate preaching and blaming the Yoons industry.

Its head of pointless court cases, Reverend Angry Babyman, said: “For the government to decide which online rants can and cannot be placed in which part of the internet is an unprecedented measure and one which sounds like Yoon conspiracy.

“For this intervention to be reasonable and proportionate to us sadsack eunuchs, it’s vital the Scottish government are forensic in identifying and justifying the policies which they put into the scope of these Yoon like restrictions.

“Furthermore, significant thought will be required to ensure the measures are practical for different junk politics outlooks and crank conspiracy theorists without inadvertently distorting the overall junk politics market.”

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Delusion of the 35,000 Indy marchers

Indy march organisers claimed up to 80,000 people marched on Glasgow Green on Saturday 5th May. AhDinnaeKen takes that with the large pinch of salt it deserves. More worryingly, Police Scotland alleged a figure of 35,000. Just how could they have got it so wrong? AhDinnaeKen investigates:

Woodlands Road

Impressive as the march looked from this perspective, this is only around 2,500 to 3,000 people.

WHEN SANDRA White MSP proclaimed on stage that Saturday’s All Under One Banner Indy march in Glasgow had attracted “between 40 and 90,000 people” it made this correspondent snort with incredulity.

Having inspected the muster point at Kelvingrove Park and having walked the full route to Glasgow Green, my intuition settled on a ‘no more than 10,000’ figure.

It was an estimate that has proven to be scarily close to the mark.

The basis for this conclusion was based on standard crowd density dynamics, observation, calculations on square footage of areas occupied by the marchers, and photographic and Google maps evidence.

If you were to willfully cross into the area of, not at all credible, wishful thinking, you could reach a figure of around 18,000 maximum attendees.

But, by the reckoning of basic physics, photographic evidence and crowd psychology, half that number plus a few extra hundreds would be much nearer the mark.

Consider the illustration below.

Area with Stage Highlighted google maps

The Glasgow Green muster point – marked in red – is approx 4,800 square metres. It was only half full by the time all the marchers arrived.

The highlighted area above was the muster point and stage area. It measures approximately 4800 square meters. Subtract the space used for the stage, the stalls and the support vehicles and you’re looking at appprox 4500 sq metres, probably a bit less.

However, the object of this piece is to cut the marchers some slack. Therefore every estimate made is a clear overestimate – to boost the figure in favour of the Indy supporters.

The maximum credible crowd density we’re going to allow in this calculation is 1.5 persons per square meter.

According to Professor Keith Still, an expert in crowd density dynamics and crowd safety, at 1.5 persons per square meter, you don’t have a great deal of room in which to move but, you’re psychologically ‘comfortable’ and can move freely. If you want to move anywhere, you’re constantly squeezing past people and involuntarily touching/rubbing shoulders with them. Standing still at this density, you effectively have your own space and you’re comfortable.

Two persons per square meter is psychologically uncomfortable. It’s where you have no choice but press against each other. Imagine when you’re getting on a busy tube train, or squeezing into an elevator where a lot of other people are waiting. No one likes doing it but it only lasts for a short while: you can live with it given its short duration and purpose.

The reality of the crowd density on the ground at Glasgow Green was nowhere near the 1.5 person/sq metre mark. I stood at the barrier in front of the stage and could easily have sat down had I wanted to. Based on that observation, it puts the figure nearer the one person per sq metre mark.

Incidentally, Mr Peter A Bell walked past me with his black rod styled walking stick. Aside from one person who got in his way, he traversed the area with no issues or problems to beset him.

Aerial Pic James Dwyer

This aerial pic gives a better perspective on the muster point and the amount of free space around individuals, particularly the larger area on the other side of the path from the stage. This picture is © of an Indy blogger. I spoke to him at the march. I haven’t attributed his name due to the illegality of flying a drone in a public space without official permission or insurance.

Based on AhDinnaeKen’s over estimated calculation, the absolute maximum number of people at the assembly/stage area would have been 7,200. And that’s based on the full 4800 sq/m being populated at 1.5 people per sq metre i.e. 4,800 * 1.5 = 7,200.

As can be seen from the aerial picture above – taken somewhere between 2:10pm and 2:30pm – the assembly area is nowhere near full. If anything, it’s half full.

Area 2 Immediately behind Assembly area

There is plenty of free space in this area. Marchers dogs ran around freely, playing with other dogs and interacting with other marchers. It measures approx 8,800 sq metres but, as can be seen from the aerial picture above, it’s mostly space rather than people.

The second larger, and less populated, area (above) is approx 8,800 square metres. The crowd density is clearly much lower than the assembly area, probably about 0.1 persons per square metre. Again, cutting the marchers some slack, we’ll go for 0.25. Doing so gives you a figure of approximately 2,200 people.

Finally, there were people milling about outside the two main areas covered above. If you check the aerial photo below, you can count them individually. Some are even recognisable to those who know them. At a rough estimate the philanderers numbered around 300-500, if that. Over estimation would result in a borderline credible figure of 1,000.

Best Aerial Pic

This picture, from a further distance than the aerial pic above has a different angle of incidence and therefore makes the crowd look denser that it really was. © of the same Indy blogger as mentioned above.

All in, using our overestimated figures, the total comes to around 10,400. That’s less than a third of the alleged official Police Scotland figure and nowhere near Ms White’s triumphant proclamation of 90,000.

A more realistic figure, lies around the 8,500 – 9,000 mark. That figure roughly correlates with the numbers which turned out for the Indy rally in Edinburgh back in 2013.

Again, in that instance, the SNP and organiser estimates were vastly inflated. They claimed attendance of 30,000. Edinburgh Police, not Police Scotland, officially estimated 8,300.

These figures do raise questions regarding Police Scotland. You would expect Sandra White and, by proxy, the SNP and the organisers to inflate the figures. They have a vested interest in doing so.

What’s more interesting is how Police Scotland arrived at the 35,000 figure. The BBC Scotland website and all of the newspapers attributed Police Scotland as the source for the figure. But there doesn’t appear to be any official attribution or comment. There was certainly no official figure given on the Police Scotland Twitter feed.

Perhaps a BBC, or any, journalist who repeated the figure could provide an explanation.

Long Marsden Airfield Perimeter

In 1994, The Wonderstuff played at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford Upon Avon. The rectangle in yellow highlights the area of approx 40,000 square metres that the crowd assembled in. The official attendance figure, based on ticket receipts, was 60,000 people. That works out at a density of 1.5 persons per sq metre. See what that looked like below.

 

WonderStuff

While the perspective is different, making the comparison slightly difficult to gauge, Glasgow Green with its combined muster areas of 13,600 sq metres looked nothing like this regarding the density of people in attendance. So how could Police Scotland have got it so wrong?

 

 

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Analysis: Eric Joyce defends Wings “quality” lies

WITH FRIENDS like Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce, you clearly don’t have any. AhDinnaeKen replies to Mr Joyce’s recent claim that Wings presents the world with “quality” analysis. 

Mail Monthly Browsers

Wings Over Scotland claims to have 346,000 unique visitors per month to his website. The Mail Online, by comparison, has 243 million. Oh!

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

DISGRACED EX-Labour MP Eric Joyce threw down the gauntlet to his readers recently.

He challenged them to compare the quality of Nationalist website Wings Over Scotland’s analysis to the standards of the BBC’s and the newspapers.

AhDinnaeKen decided to respond to that challenge.

Joyce said: “In simple terms of quality, I encourage any readers here who don’t already have a view about Wings (and there are a few) to take a look at any single Wings story and make their own judgement about whether analysis there is at least up to the standard of – frankly actually way above – the standard they’ll find at the BBC website or in most newspapers.”

To keep it simple and topical for Joyce – we assumed he was drunk or grievously assaulting someone when he made the challenge – we chose one of Campbell’s most recent anti-BBC clickbait rants: https://wingsoverscotland.com/heres-to-you-mr-robinson/

In the piece, Squealer Campbell, editor of Wings, responds to the BBC’s Nick Robinson’s claim that sites such as Campbell’s view their attacks on the BBC as a “key part of their political strategy.”

Campbell then embarks on a standard, for him, ad nauseum ad hominem attack on Robinson in which he attempts to justify his site as a plausible outlet of political commentary rather than the hyperbolic extreme propaganda that it really is.

Ironically, Campbell confirms Robinson’s claim that Wings ‘most shared and liked stories are attacks on the MSM and the BBC in particular’.

Campbell said: “Three of this site’s top 10 most-read articles of all time, including the #1 and #2, are about the BBC, and one of them concerns Robinson himself…”

So far so humdrum. Quality wise it’s pretty dull for non-partisans. Much like the low level drone of the local pub politics bore.

But then, near the end of the piece, the real, empirically quantifiable, demonstrably provable, predictably inevitable, drop in “quality” appears. And Mr Joyce should take careful note of the following and query it with Campbell.

For near the end of the piece, Campbell illustrates, through the use of a table, that his site is in direct competition – in terms of readership – with the mainstream newspapers.

It’s a cynical, manipulative, risible lie which has already been debunked by this site several times. For the sake of Mr Joyce we’ll summarise.

In the readership table below Campbell makes it look like his “Unique Readers” figures are on a direct “like for like” par with the newspapers.

Readers Figs Ho Ho

This table was published in Campbell’s recent rant in Nick Robinson’s direction. Impudent and bold it may be. But it’s a lie. Wings figures are not remotely comparable to the National Readership Survey figures.

They’re not.

They’re nothing remotely like it. The newspaper readership figures referred to by Campbell comes from the National Readership Survey which is conducted independently by IPSOS Mori and partners. It costs the newspaper industry a fortune due to its importance to advertisers who use the figures to plan their newspaper advertising strategies.

Campbell’s readership figures, however, come from his webhosts and are based on Google analytics figures. Actual reader figures can be reduced by a factor of up to ten or more. Usually more.

For the sake of clarity, Campbell’s webhosts use the term “unique visitors”. It is a term interchangeable with; “unique users”, unique devices” and “unique browsers”.

It is not interchangeable with “unique readers” because “unique readers” are living, breathing, quantifiable individual human beings.

For the sake of comparison, the Mail Online recorded 243 million monthly “unique browsers” in Jan 2017 as reported in the Press Gazette (illustrated above).

Unique visitors Wings

Campbell claimed the figures above were “something close to a like-for-like comparison of online traffic for Scotland’s biggest news brands.” That’s his ‘big lie’. They’re nothing close to a like for like comparison.

Campbell’s relatively paltry monthly figures are less than 0.15% of the Mail’s figure. And that’s a true “like for like” comparison.

Yet, according to Campbell’s table, he gets 68% of the Mail’s readership. In effect, Campbell has compared apples with oranges and got raspberries.

If a “MSM” newspaper, or the BBC, did such a thing in any of their reports or features, they would be hauled over the coals, and castigated for grossly misleading their readers.

But Campbell doesn’t have to answer to outside bodies. He doesn’t even answer to his “echo chamber” donors who – just like Eric Joyce – are clearly incapable of discerning “quality” from accuracy, impartiality, analysis or truth.

That’s why AhDinnaeKen decided to take Mr Joyce’s challenge. When diatribe dressed up and believed as quality analysis is so easily disproved, it needs to be pointed out.

Campbell’s a liar and that’s a “quality” that comes through loud and clear in  the “quality” of the piece looked at today.

We await Mr Joyce’s counter argument with distinct disinterest.

 

 

Like for Like comparison

Campbell made the above claim after his annual mendicant appeal on IndieGoGo. For “something close” read ‘nothing like’. This statement really did make AhDinnaeKen chortle. If you think the above is “quality” analysis then you should look up the meaning of the word. You clearly don’t understand it and should adjust your mindset accordingly.

 

 

 

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