A heartfelt and sincere letter to ‘professional’ troll Rev Stuart Campbell.
Dear Mr Campbell of ‘media monitoring’ site Wings Over Scotland
RE: VEXATIOUS UNFOUNDED ACCUSATIONS
I’ve been thinking about writing this letter for some time now. I would have written it much earlier but I had to be sure that any residual disgust and anger I felt toward you – concerning the subject matter of this letter – had dissipated.
You see, it’s not every day you find out that someone has accused you of being a would be gang rapist and murderer with a quantifiable arrest record – like you have done with me.
I don’t know how many people you have been peddling this poisonous falsehood to, but I reckon you’ve calculated there’s not a great deal I can do about it. I operate anonymously after all and, invariably, anonymous operators have something to hide.
I hide my identity because I poke fun at politicians, predominantly, though not exclusively, of the Nationalist persuasion. Such ‘satirical mischief’ could potentially result in the loss of my current employment and severely curtail future employment in my field.
That’s why, sometimes, though admittedly rarely, the language used in AhDinnaeKen is intemperate. It’s written for cheap laughs more than anything else. I like to flatter myself that I occasionally land a belly laugh . If AhDinnaeKen makes one reader laugh it’s job done as far as I’m concerned.
So, if anyone out there calls me a coward or gutless or snivelling or whatever for operating anonymously, go ahead. You’re wrong. Plain and simple.
However, I consider your “stalker”, murderer and gang rapist accusation to be much more seriously cowardly and vexatious than anything concocted in the whole 400+ AhDinnaeKen blog posts combined. You see, I think I know why you made the unfounded accusation.
Like any extremist or narcissist or sociopath or misanthrope or misogynist or whatever aggressive pathology with controlling tendencies it is you suffer from, you can’t abide those willing to stand up to and expose you. If you can’t control them, they must be bullied, belittled, diminished, denigrated, destroyed and dismissed. (Please excuse the over the top alliteration there, sometimes I can’t help myself.)
You’ve referred to AhDinnaeKen as your “stalker blog” yet, if you look at the posts filed under the “Wangs Watch” category and do the math, you’ll find that it forms less than 8 per cent of the whole blog.
How self important and self serving you must be to think that AhDinnaeKen is about you. Only a categorical malicious idiot or an unhinged narcissist could possibly think that.
I know which option I’m hedging my bets on – both.
After you banned me from your site for stating that the word “Unionist” could be replaced with “English” and it wouldn’t change the flavour or intention of your site one bit, you showed your true evasive and pettily vindictive colours.
Not content with bannning me, which you’re perfectly at liberty to do – despite it flying in the face of your professed anti-censorship stance – you acted in a manner which can only be described, at best, as ‘curious’.
You reported me as a spammer to the WordPress admin system Akismet resulting in an inability to post on several sites such as Better Nation, Burdzeye View and Bella Caledonia.
Quite why you did that is curious. I have my suspicions.
THE PETTY VINDICTIVE ACCUSATION
What goes beyond curiousity though is your behaviour of the 6th June 2012 after I posted the AhDinnaeKen piece entitled “Notorious “anti-Censor” Censors comments in Censorious act of Censorship.”
You sent me a little note on the blog stating: “How intriguing that you’ve omitted the post you were actually finally banned for.”, to which I replied: “I hadn’t actually realised that you had deleted it at the time, hence no record. Feel free to post it here though.”
Curiously, you neglected to send the post. What is really “intriguing” though is the timing of your note (12:48pm 6 Jun 2012) and the timing of your banning notice (Wed, 6 Jun 2012 12:39:26 +0000 (UTC) ) on what is now your ‘quarantine’ page. The proclamation is still there for all to see.
That’s one hour forward and two days back from the time shown on the email – which was automatically received by me upon the comment being posted by you. I had subscribed to the page and was notified every time anyone posted a comment on the page. Very curious – the two day difference – don’t you think?
For your information, I checked with an IT professional friend of mine to see if, perhaps, the anomaly of that one hour forward and two days back time stamp could have been explained by a delay in the email delivery system.
To cut a long story short, there was no delay. The delivery of your comment to my email box was virtually instantaneous. This is quantifiably, electronically and empirically provable. And I have the evidence to prove it.
Therefore, there is only one conclusion which can be reached. You deliberately doctored the time stamp in order to undermine the point being made in the Notorious anti-censor blog. In effect, you tried to make it look as if I had fabricated all of the screenshots at the bottom of the piece.
Any explanation as to why you would do that would be appreciated. From where I’m standing it looks, at best, mean spirited and deceptive – in terms of the debate. At worst, it exposes you as a cheap grubby wee cheat who doesn’t even have the brains to cover his own tracks when he’s not playing fair.
I’ll leave the inevitable conclusions on your actions up to any interested parties. They can decide for themselves.
They may also be mildly interested to know that I Tweeted to your @RevStu account the following day, 7th June 2012, to ask why you had changed the time stamp. Unsurprisingly, reply there came none, apart from a blocking. Natch!
THE SERIOUSLY VINDICTIVE ACCUSATION
Still, doctored timestamps, deletion of posts and manufacture of enemies appears to be de rigueur petty spitefulness as far as you’re concerned (scroll to bottom of this linked to page for an interesting chinnyhill10 comment).
Much more concerning however is the accusation you raised against me behind my back.
Here’s what you wrote to a third party:
“Your new best friend that you’re so keen to cite in order to smear me is a delightful chap who was arrested by Glasgow police a couple of years ago for, among many other things, posting a long and detailed plan to gang-rape and murder me. Happy to provide you with police case numbers etc in order to verify.”
So here’s the rub Mr Campbell. You’ve made this very serious accusation against @Ergasiophobe (me). If you have any decency, you must name and shame.
For the record, unlike yourself, I have never been arrested in my life.
You’re a poker player and a self professed ‘professional’ journalist. You’re being called on your alleged professionalism, integrity and ethics.
You’re being called to reveal this alleged identity of @Ergasiophobe and you’re being called to cite the facts and sources for this outrageously vindictive and malicious accusation.
I assume you consider me an enemy of independence – having previously accused me of being a Labour Unionist – again without one shred of evidence. So here’s a reminder of something you wrote recently:
“Wings Over Scotland will continue to present the case for independence – not impartially but truthfully, with facts sourced and cited – and we will fight all of its enemies, be they in the opposition camp or our own.”
What I want to know is this: Where are the facts? Where are the sources? Where are the citations? And most important of all, where is the truth?
Without any of these, your accusation is subjective spurious supposition dreamed up in your vindictive and paranoid imagination. I presumed you dreamed this one up in order to deflect from your being exposed on the 3rd April 2013 for making a misogynistic homophobic statement – a claim for which there is indeed citable evidence.
There may or may not have been an individual arrested in Glasgow. All I know is that whether or not this individual actually exists, which I suspect he does, I have never been arrested in my life.
As I see it, there are three possible scenarios:
1) You retract the accusation and apologise due to the accusation being a malicious fabrication.
2) You prove the claim and provide irrefutable citable evidence that I, the person who uses the @Ergasiophobe account, am lieing and am playing a game of bluff about my identity.
3) You play a game of bluff by either ignoring this post, or counter claim that I am lieing about the source of your accusation.
Of the above three scenarios the potential outcomes will probably be as follows:
1) No chance. You lack the courage, integrity, honesty and ethics to admit you have been exposed for making false accusations.
2) An impossibility. There is no evidence of any kind whatsoever to link me to this alleged individual. If you do name anyone I’ll prove to credible independent third parties that I am not the named would be gang rapist/murderer.
3) Most likely. It’s a stupidly dangerous game for you to play. All the citable evidence and proof is in my hands: I can prove you did change the date/time stamp. I can prove I have never been arrested in my life. I can also prove that you made the maliciously vexatious accusation. You know that you made it also.
It’s a straight and sincere demand Mr Campbell. Prove your mettle. Prove you possess some semblance of integrity and honesty. Prove that you’re not just a nasty wee misogynistic smear merchant with a point scoring agenda driving your alleged ‘professional’ journalism.
By conning Blair Jenkins into legitimising your indy debate idea recently, you have injured the Yes campaign by damaging its leader’s reputation. Better Together will be able to use Mr Jenkins apparent trust in you to queston his judgement.
My demand is as follows. Admit your mistake was motivated by malice and apologise.
Sometimes when someone angers you, you can react in ways you end up regretting. The exposure of your misogynistic homophobic comment may not be irrefutable proof that you are a misogynistic homophobe. But when you couple the exposure of the statement to your actions thereafter i.e. vexatiously emailing people to accuse me of having planned to gang rape and murder you, then you’ve taken it way beyond standard trolling. Surely even you can see that?
Without an apology and a retraction however you leave me no alternative but to pursue the matter.
Even your followers – at least the sensible ones – will see the wisdom in my demand. At this moment you’re holding a busted flush and I’m ‘calling’ you on it.
I’m exposing you as a liar and a sham who is prepared to exploit underhanded means in order to silence dissent. In your words, “man up” and do the decent thing. Apologise.
Longshanker aka @Ergasiophobe