Supposition, whataboutery, assertion and self-referencing paranoia were all neatly encapsulated in one risible Wings Over Scotland epiphany this weekend. To add to AhDinnaeKen’s mocking laughter, award winning playwright Alan Bisset proclaimed the calamitous puffery as the “REAL” agenda of the No campaign. Oh our aching sides! Read on to find out why we just can’t stop laughing and will probably need a rib massage for the pain:
By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe
THE EVIL mainstream media and the “despicable” Unionist forces of darkness are setting “Scotland up to fail” in order to “walk in and occupy the ruins” according to a Nationalist Front conspiracy theory website.
Majestic pluralist, Stuart Campbell – editor of Wings Over Scotland – reckons that the country is going to be systematically impoverished by receiving more “responsibility” in the event of a No vote.
In a rare moment of lucidity, in a feature entitled ‘Joining the Dots’, the hate preaching bigot confessed to his slow wittedness in his realisation that “responsibility” will be an unpleasant consequence of Scotland’s independence Neverendum.
While repeating his current favourite Nationalist mantra of “no chance of the Barnett formula being retained“, he concluded that an unholy alliance of Tory and Labour party manoeuvres will stitch Scotland up, leaving the country worse off than it was pre-Neverendum.
And, as an added dire consequence, an emasculated and unpopular SNP will be “left unable to defend Scotland in the face of impossible financial pressures“.
Unofficial biographer of the Wings Over Scotland site, Longshanker, said:
“This allegedly cited and sourced for truth ‘vision’ is a nightmarish scenario of the outlandish and terrifying type favoured by extremists of all persuasions.”
“The purpose of this potential calamity is an open and shut textbook example of “dire or catastrophic consequences from a situation or from failure to follow a specific course.” (Laird Wilcox Extremist Traits list No.13 “DOOMSDAY THINKING”)
“It’s in keeping with the tone, extremist views and polarising philosophy of the site and ensures that the Wangers; acolytes, zealots, commenters, donaters and swivel eyed hingers on, remain assured of the importance of their morally superior stance in the Nationalist Front’s cause.“.
Award winning playwright, novelist, artist, performer, plumber, electrician, joiner and ‘creative’ poet Alan Bisset provided much needed morally superior support for Wings’ doom laden ‘positive’ vision of the future in the event of a No vote.
He said: “The strongest analysis yet of the No campaign’s “more power for Scotland” plans. Here’s their REAL agenda.”
But the double-chipped shooder playwright failed to take in to consideration the self-referential assertions in the piece.
Campbell’s first cited source of ‘factual truth’ turns out to be one of his own articles entitled “Margaret Curran is a liar“.
Unsurprisingly, it backs up Campbell’s assertion and further refers to a news story in the Telegraph which states: “She also indicated her support for abolishing the Barnett formula.”
This alleged ‘indication’ is the Telegraph’s interpretation of a speech made by Curran. At no point does the Telegraph quote her saying the Barnett Formula will be scrapped.
Ho hum! So that’s a “she said nothing of the kind” source of ‘factual truth’.
The rest of the links in the so called “REAL agenda” are of a similar bent – Campbell citing and sourcing his own features in what can only be called self indulgent media studies masturbation.
To add to the hilarity, Campbell attempted to show a leg to the BBC with the “strongest analysis yet of the No campaign” by leaving it up for the BBC’s Radio Scotland Headlines to latch on to.
It was completely ignored in favour of Newsnet Scotland, National Collective and Spectator blog stories. So much for the “strongest analysis yet“. Boo hoo!
If this type of whataboutery and self referential supposition is what Campbell and his band of Wangers think passes for analysis, then the meaning of analysis needs redefined.
It’s propaganda of the predictable extremist kind. If it wasn’t so stereotypical it could probably get away with being called risible. As it stands, it serves as a textbook example of Laird Wilcox’s DOOMSDAY THINKING – No. 13.
If ‘Joining the dots’ passes for ‘analysis in the world of Nationalist Front media monitor mendicants, then long may it continue.
There’s not too many dots needing joined up to see the picture Wings Over Scotland is trying to paint. Next!