SELF-SERVING propagandist and would be public philanthropist Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland may have some serious explaining to do to the contributors of his latest Indiegogo fundraising wheeze. AhDinnaeKen reports:
By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe
IT INCREASINGLY looks like “kind hearted Reverend Stuart Campbell” will be left with egg on his face following his public championing of a convicted thief, jailbird and self confessed drug addict.
Louisa Sewell, 32, of Kidderminster – the would be beneficiary of the ‘reverend’s’ widely publicised benevolence fundraiser – may not be the benefits sanction ‘victim’ she appeared to be.
On November 2014 she was charged with conspiring to commit fraud by using a bank card belonging to “vulnerable” woman Pamela Brighton.
Sewell was committed to appear at Worcester Crown Court in January this year suspected of being part of a predatory gang which callously stole and spent almost £5000 of Ms Brighton’s life savings.
Four members of the gang were later convicted of the crime, with gang leader Joanne Railton, receiving a 23 month jail sentence and a restraining order barring her from contacting Ms Brighton for three years.
Railton, a serial thief and drug addict, is Facebook friends with Sewell and, judging by Ms Sewell’s Facebook posts, drug addiction is another common interest she shares with Railton.
On 30th August 2014, Sewell posted on her Facebook page that she was “baaaaaack …got outa jail after 18 days”.
According to Sewell she “put myself in jail to detox, refused the meth”.
“I can finally wake up like “normal ppl” she said.
Campbell, editor of Wings Over Scotland and self-appointed champion of Sewell, is currently using his Twitter feed to bash the Scottish media for not reporting his public act of philanthropy – as if they were under some sort of moral obligation to buy into the cynical falsehood being perpetrated by the story.
A little light reading between the lines and a modicum of digging by AhDinnaeKen demonstrates why the majority of the Scottish media showed little interest in Campbell’s self-serving publicity wheeze.
Maybe the likes of STV’s besotted schmuck Stephen Daisley, the Herald’s out of kilter Iain McWhirter, or the numerous duped contributors – like Hannah Burdell MP – to the Stuart Campbell adulation fundraiser could explain to the Wings man the value of basic journalistic follow up procedures when going to bat based on a locally reported news story.
It would be less embarrassing for him and less expensive for everyone else involved if he was to do so in future. His followers, without irony, refer to his thousands of polemics as “forensic” in their analysis. Quite!
Several newspapers throughout the country, mostly England, reported on Campbell’s fundraiser as if he was a man of the cloth or a church leader. Campbell even tweeted such phrases used by the papers in mockery of the honest mistake.
“Reverend” still buys you a modicum of respect with the press and clearly demonstrates that your story gets an easier, less scrupulous, ride. The English media are plainly not aware of Campbell’s ‘reverend’ credentials or his anti-UK/Tory/Labour/Westminster and pro-SNP/iScotland agenda.
Maybe the cabal of self adoring “cybernats”, so keen to backslap themselves and praise ‘reverend’ Campbell as the totem of their maudlin and contrived charitable acts, should revisit Alex Salmond MP’s pearl of wisdom when he said, “I’m innately suspicious of someone who calls himself a reverend who isn’t.”
Indeed. The Sewell affair appears to justify Salmond’s suspicion.
What will Campbell’s coterie of smug morally superior acolytes have to say?
Time will tell.
Maybe they can answer the most pertinent questions asked here by AhDinnaeKen.
Don’t hold your breath waiting though.