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Joan McAlpine: In the grey 70s David Bowie was just a paedophile

MOAN reflects on Joan McAlpine’s reflection on music legend and not so secret paedophile David Bowie. His predilection for groupie children should make everyone think again – particularly mothers with teenage daughters – Joan McAlpine excepted. Obviously:

"...thrilling splash of colour and danger." or predatory paedophile abusing his fame, position and power? Joan decides.

“…thrilling splash of colour and danger?” or predatory paedophile abusing his fame, position and power? Joan McAlpine MSP decides.

By Moan McVulpine Ground control to Major Joan

“Evil will triumph when good men do nothing” sermonised Joan McAlpine in her Daily Record column of 16th July 2014.

It was a roaster of a piece, full of hellfire and brimstone aimed straight at British establishment “corruption at its most base and evil form”.

Her withering contempt was aimed at the systemic covering up of child abuse by those in the higher echelons of power in Britain.

As diatribes go, it generated enough passion and heat to set fire to a soggy chip poke full of yesterday’s news.

Whether Joan actually believed it, or was just using it as a big Nationalist stick of moral indignation and self righteousness to beat Indy unbelievers over the head with, is a moot point. The subtext of her polemic was as transparently crude as the presentation of the subject matter – vote No and you’re voting for paedophiles.

Moan suspects Joan didn’t care – that it was written for effect – like most of her columns.

How else could you explain her eulogising of David Bowie as some kind of god of sexual emancipation for gay men when other, more threatening, skeletons were lurking in his closet?

Describing the moment when Bowie draped himself over Mick Ronson on Top of the Pops, Joan drooled: “I know lots of gay people whose lives were changed at that moment. A decade before, they would have got married and stayed in the closet. Now they had options.”

Really!

It may or may not have been true. For Joan it certainly was.

Moan wonders if Joan knows lots of paedophiles. Surely, by the same logic, Bowie provided “options” for them too when he deflowered 13 year old virgin groupie Lori Maddox and then proceeded to engage in a threesome with Lori and her 13 year old best friend Sable Starr in his Beverly Hilton Hotel suite.

Both girls were children. Bowie was a grown man abusing his fame, position and power. These antics were no secret in pop fan circles. Why didn’t Joan say anything – anything at all – about that “moment”?

After all, she admitted that with Bowie’s gay emancipation routine, “Bowie knew exactly what he was doing.”

Columnist Julie Burchill summed it up poignantly in the Spectator when she pondered: “under some circumstances, would you excuse, worship, deify a man who has knowingly had sex with children, if he had created music which you passionately believe made the world a better place? Or not?”

Joan appeared to answer that: “He was David Bowie. He was untouchable.”

Euurgh!

“Evil will triumph when good men do nothing” right enough.

NOT SO COMEDIC RELIEF

 

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Taking the Corporate shill-ing – Chris Deerin and Charlotte Street Partners

ACCORDING TO the Oxford dictionary, a ‘shill’ is defined as: “a person who pretends to give an impartial endorsement of something in which they themselves have an interest.” The word has lost much of its power in Scotland due to its overuse by certain types of Scottish Nationalist. But it still maintains a visceral resonance when used in the correct context. Scottish newspaper columnist of the year, Chris Deerin, a leading high profile partner in PR lobbying communications firm Charlotte Street Partners, has earned another unofficial title – Corporate Shill of the Year. Shurely shome mishtake? AhDinnaeKen explains:

Kind of embarrassing for Chris that the paper he writes a regular column for should so resolutely show up the company he's currently shill-ing for.

Kind of embarrassing for Chris that the paper he writes a regular column for should so resolutely expose the corporation he’s currently shill-ing for.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe – corporate shill correspondent

“Tonight’s event is sponsored by SSE, a company which has been thinking hard about its place in society. While I am sure it would never claim to be perfect, SSE has taken a few significant steps.”  – Chris Deerin, Charlotte Street Partners, June 2015.

The ‘few significant steps’ taken toward perfection by energy giant SSE were dutifully specified by Chris as:

1) “In September 2013, it was accredited as a Living Wage employer, the largest FTSE 100 company with that status at the time.”

All very worthy of self serving self adulatory back slaps all round. What Chris naturally failed to mention was a BBC news story from February 2015 which reported:

Energy giant SSE has been named by the UK government as one of 70 companies that failed to pay workers the minimum wage.”

A year and a half after gaining the Living Wage employer accreditation, SSE were named and shamed by the government for failing to pay some of their workers the bare minimum of the minimum wage. Oh dear!

To reinforce the reach and intent of SSE’s living wage strategy, Chris also revealed:

2) “It has also implemented a Living Wage requirement in every service and works contract in its supply chain, which is worth £2.2 billion.”

A quick scan of SSE’s supply chain demonstrates a wide scale need of engineering expertise and services where most workers are likely to be paid more than the living wage – currently set at £7.85 per hour.

In its general support contract requirements, for example, SSE sub-contract provider companies for; confined space support, mechanical support, scaffolding support, controls and instrumentation and cladding support.

Deerin's apologism merely fans the flames. Weel din.

Deerin’s apologism merely fans the flames.

All of these services mostly require skilled tradesmen and professionals to fulfil their contractual responsibilities. For instance, the expected average wage of a scaffolder at current market rate is around £37,500 per annum – almost double the London adjusted living wage of £9.15 per hour.

So SSE’s Living Wage accreditation seems to be what it is – corporate glossed tokenism wrapped up in mostly empty gestures.

According to SSE’s corporate brochure they employ around 20,250 people.

On the 30th October 2015, Utility Week filed the following report on the energy giant: “By April 2016 400 full time equivalent employees in the supply chain will have received a pay rise.

“SSE said the commitment would raise the wages of 800 workers in its supply chain by five times..”

Impressive? Maybe. But it reinforces the “tokensim” claim. 800 workers is less than 4 per cent of SSE’s claimed workforce. It reeks of gesture politicking – no more, no less.

And, it begs the question, why has it taken SSE almost 3 years to implement from Sep 2013’s trumpeted Living Wage accreditation? Maybe Chris could answer that on Twitter. Probably not.

Deerin’s gushing SSE eulogy can be read in its entire corporate apologist glory here. It echoes a Cap-X piece test written by him in March where he pontificated over a more caring, humane corporate culture – citing SSE as a leading example. According to Chris:

Companies, in this view, are cultural entities as well as economic ones. The way they behave sets a tone, exposes their priorities and motivations, speaks to the nature of our wider society and the kind of people we are and want to be.”

Words of wisdom indeed. Especially when you take into consideration the “tone” set by SSE’s previous and present ‘behaviour’.

In March 2015, the Guardian reported: “SSE, one of the big six energy suppliers, has been forced to pay a £100,000 penalty after it was found to have overcharged for wholesale power provided to the National Grid.”

Part of the reason for SSE's new found corporate responsibility reputation is their haemorrhaging of customers Shills like Deerin are there to provide new wrapping.

Part of the reason for SSE’s new found corporate responsibility strategy is their haemorrhaging of customers Shills like Deerin are there to create new wrapping.

Or in the Telegraph from April 2013: “SSE, one of the country’s largest energy companies, has been fined £10.5m for “prolonged and extensive” mis-selling by regulator Ofgem the largest penalty ever for an energy supplier” – the fine would have been £50 million, but mostly spineless watchdog, Ofgem, settled for the lesser figure after SSE threatened to take the matter court-side.

Or, consider this from the website of small energy firm Entu: “SSE was fined £1.75m by Ofgem in December 2014 for failing to meet obligations to provide free insulation to low-income households.”

As recently as 30 Oct 2015, the Mail reported: “The big power companies have come under mounting pressure from consumer groups in recent days to slash tariffs after their input costs fell to a five-year low. But Scottish Power, E.ON and SSE have rejected charges of profiteering, saying that they regularly review the costs that make up their bills.”

And then there’s today’s Daily Mail headline story illustrated above.

So yes, SSE’s behaviour certainly “sets a tone” – a glaring, harsh, exploitative, in your face, monotone of corporate gloss, corporate greed and corporate profiteering. But not according to corporate lapdog Chris Deerin.

In his corporate apologist world, he no doubt believes that his brand of corporate snake oil emollient has helped ‘recontextualise extensible models’™ of the SSE corporate image. Or something.

It demonstrates how far Deerin has travelled since he left the safe cosy corporate journalism world of the Telegraph commentary department to the even safer, more secretive, more rewarding, corporate shill department of Charlotte Street Partners (CSP).

Journalists, according to polling from the 90’s to the present day, rank lower in public trustability ratings than politicians.

Master of the MacUniverse and partner in Corporate Shill Partners - Chris Deerin (yesterday).

Master of the MacUniverse and partner in Corporate Shill Partners – Chris Deerin (yesterday).

Deerin, with his shiny new gamekeeper turned poacher turned gamekeeper/poacher status, is even lower than that. Virtually everything he has to say, whether it be in print, Twitter or elsewhere, will always have that whiff of ulterior motive corporate shilliness about it.

His word and action over the past few months has certainly set the ‘tone’ and demonstrated the ‘motivation’. And he’s shown the teeny wee world of parochial inward looking insular Scotland just how little it needs that kind of ‘behaviour’.

AhDinnaeKen sarcastically doffs the cap and tugs the forelock to the new Masters of the MacUniverse, Charlotte Street Partners and Chris Deerin. Their barefaced audacity of polishing turds for the corporates of the world requires a virtual brass neck. The problem with turd polishers, however, is that they end up neck deep in the stuff they’re polishing.

Take a bow for your corporate masters Chris. A shill in need is a shill indeed.

Perfect!

 

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Sturgeon: Sincere or sleekit? You decide.

AN EXTRACT from Firstminster’s questions yesterday:

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

TRUST ME! That was the crux of Sturgeon’s weak defence at FMQs yesterday.

Despite the Presiding Officer giving the Firstminster an unprecedented ‘out’, the Scottish Nationalist Party leader, instead, opted to evade head-on the public’s thirst for information on what she knew or didn’t know about Michelle Thomson MP’s business dealings.

She must think the people of Scotland’s collective heids zip up the back. (Though, given the reaction on social media, some clearly do.)

There are many pressing issues being forced on Scotland today. One of them is the risible belief that the SNP hold some sort of political moral high ground and can point the finger of puritanism and righteousness at the immorality and social injustice of their Unionist opposition.

No longer.

The predatory business conduct of Michelle Thomson – leaving any alleged illegalities aside – demonstrates that the Nationalists are no better than those they accuse of civic misgivings.

For Nicola Sturgeon to waste parliament and the country’s time evading the question of the ‘morality’ of Thomson’s business dealings – assuming they were legitimate – was an insult to every man, woman and child in the country whose concerns are ignored in the pursuit of political damage limitation.

FMQs is supposed to be the chance for the SNP government to showcase their probity and how competently they are running the devolved elements of the country.

Sturgeon’s lack of credible answers yesterday was damning.

Kezia Dugdale asked: “Can the First Minister tell parliament if anybody in the SNP, whether it’s Nicola Sturgeon herself, SNP politicians or SNP officials at any level, were aware of Michelle Thomson’s allegations before they were printed in the Sunday Times?”

At this point, the SNP Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, in an unprecedented move, stepped in to assist her Firstminster. She told her she didn’t have to answer.

Sturgeon, realising the further damage it would cause if she hid behind parliamentary protocol, insisted she had no problem in dealing with the Scottish Labour leader’s issue.

“As I said yesterday, the SNP did not have prior knowledge of any of these issues” she said.

It beggared belief and insulted the collective intelligence of the people of Scotland.

The Scottish Nationalist Party have one of the slickest, well oiled, media machines in the UK. Or, at least, they used to .

They have a backroom army of media monitors, schmoozers and PRs ready to report transgressions and potential damage to HQ at a moment’s notice.

The Scottish Sun, in July 2014 – a couple of months before the Neverendum vote – claimed they brought Michelle Thomson’s business dealings to the attention of the police:

Scottish Sun flagged it up to police in July 2014″ Tweeted the Scottish Sun’s Home Affairs Editor, Chris Musson.

Sun flagged up potential fraud

Is Nicola Sturgeon really expecting the people of Scotland to believe that nobody in the SNP, anywhere, was aware of this?

She’s either telling us that we’re all incredibly stupid or her party machine from the grass roots up is totally incompetent.

Neither conclusion is a good look for those claiming to be “Stronger for Scotland.”

For Sturgeon to persist in evading the ‘morality’ issue of Thomson’s predatory business deals – regardless of the legality – is a burning, shaming indictment of the state of Scotland’s official political government.

Now, it can’t be said that we’re not bothered about the insult to the collective intelligence of the people of Scotland. But Sturgeon’s credibility as a sincere politician is almost running on empty.

Her reputation was “dented” when it was revealed that she sought clemency for serial benefit fraudster Abdul Rauf who systematically stole £80,000 from honest taxpayers.

Her reputation took damage from her alleged ignorance of the wife beating past of Bill Walker when he was selected as the SNP MSP candidate for Dunfermline.

And she further compromised her reputation by defending Salmond’s blatant “lie” over European legal advice.

Her secret, undeclared, meeting with Rupert Murdoch in New York didn’t warm her to this correspondent either.

Now, she expects us to believe that she and her party knew nothing of Michelle Thomson’s business dealings. This, after the SNP vetting procedures for candidates was allegedly tightened up, following the Bill Walker scandal.

No, Scotland as a whole is shamed by this pitiful calibre of politician. If every SNP MP and MSP was to be replaced by random sheep and chimps, the nation would almost certainly be better served – though, admittedly, it would be difficult to tell the difference.

Nicola’s euphemistic ‘Trust me’ highlighted in the Youtube clip above might cut it for the hardcore Nationalists out there.

Anyone else really should reconsider just how much contempt sleekit Sturgeon is holding them in.

Sturgeon’s “commitment to social justice” is not “beyond any question”. It was questioned several times in yesterday’s FMQs.

And it was found wanting.

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Sturgeon to Daily Mail: “I’ll purge party of duplicitous First Ministers”

  • SAINT NICOLA of Sturgeon pledges to cleanse party of untrustable and duplicitous First Ministers.
  • Vows to clean up politics from ‘sullied’clandestine meetings.
  • Will come clean on fracking deal with INEOS once she’s back in office in May 2016.
  • AhDinnaeKen reports:
"My personal use of Twitter is an important part of that (ScotGov)accessibility." Sturgeon told the Scottish Daily Mail. Maybe the Wi-Fi was all used up in New York.

“My personal use of Twitter is an important part of (my government’s) accessibility.” Sturgeon told the Scottish Daily Mail recently. Maybe the Wi-Fi was all used up in New York. when she met Rupee.

 

By Meeja Byaas – undeclared meetings with media tycoons correspondent

NICOLA STURGEON has dramatically intervened in the battle against secret First Ministerial meetings with Murdoch media moguls.

The Firstminster vowed to clean up Scottish politics by purging her party of political leaders who attend clandestine meetings with right wing News Corps proprietors.

Writing exclusively for the Scottish AhDinnaeKen, Saint Nicola said the time had come to ‘send a clear message that politics in Scotland will not be sullied by this type of inappropriate behaviour’.

She also called on frontline politicians who ‘secretly’ meet controversial media barons to stop “prostituting the office of First Minister”.

An AhDinnaeKen investigation found that two out of the last three Scottish First Ministers had ‘secret’ meetings with Rupert Murdoch and deliberately withheld the information in order to deceive the Scottish people.

We also uncovered hundreds of excuses centred around the mantra of ‘jobs’, ‘more jobs’ and ‘6500 jobs in Scotland’.

The findings come only a day after the Scottish Daily Mail revealed that the First Minister had misled the people of Scotland by not letting on she had met the proprietor of the “derogatory” and “sexist” Sun newspaper in New York.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I’m really sorry that the Scottish Daily Mail found out about this.

“Reporting things that I would rather they had kept hidden is typical of mainstream media bias against me, my party and the people of Scotland.

“I blame the BBC.

“When I became First Minister I said I wanted to lead one of the most accessible governments in the world.

“The Scottish Daily Mail have just blown that posturing rhetoric clean out of the water.

“Bastards!”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218638/SNP-leader-Nicola-Sturgeon-meeting-Rupert-Murdoch.html

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Der Gruppenführer Robertson’s Diary #1 – Moral Superiority

HAVING consulted the Allbuch of Nationalist grievance seeking, Der SNP Gruppenführer, Angus Robertson, opened his Aufbruch der Nation with outstanding sanctimony and finger pointing moral superiority. AhDinnaeKen exclusively presents – Der Gruppenführer’s Diary:

Der faces of outraged sorrowful self righteousness. Practised to perfection by Stuarten Hosie (right).

Der faces of outraged sorrowful self righteousness. Practised to perfection by Stewarten Hosie (right).

By Gruppenführer Robertson Order of der Südafrikaan little white rose of Schottland

No one is fully aware of der time, effort und repeated rehearsal behind mein preparation für Premierminister’s Questions.

Der eyes of der world are upon us.

It is our duty, honour and responsibility to der sovereign Volk of der motherland to score points off of der evil imperial Premierminister of der occupying forces of Schottland at every opportunity.

Fortunately für us, this is easy. Most of mein time ist spent perfecting der look of moral outrage and disbelief at der despicable evil of der Englisch Premierminister David Cameron.

Deputy Gruppenführer Stewarten Hosie has, over der years, perfected this look (see pic above).

As we learned from National Socialist history buchs, one should always wrongfoot your enemies with a surprise attack of overwhelming force. So, instead of asking a question on Schottland, I chose to enter der international sphere.

“It is a stain on der conscience of Europe das thousands and thousands of refugees cannot get a direct Calmac ferry to Brodick from Libya”, was my opening salvo. Mein Named Person, der Fett Gruppenführer Alexen Salmonden, gave me das line und it was wunderbar.

“Der Royal Navy could provide a direct link to Schottland instead of relying on unregulated private sector operators”, was my killer blow.

Der profits of der Libyan gangs are untaxed and frequently der boats used are not up to European Union health and safety requirements.

As expected, der Premierminister chose to side with der private sector operators und made himself look harsh, brutal und uncaring. Just as I knew he would.

He said das one way trips were not good enough. Der refugees should be made buy a return ticketen und their return should be compulsory.

Das was enough for us. Stuarten Hosie and meinself put on our best faces of sad und shocked espression. By mentioning Schweden and Allemagne we had bought ourselves European attention für free.

Both those countries have a non-returnable ticketen policy für der economic migrants and by siding with them we anointed ourselves in socially conscious self righteousness.

In all, a famous victory für der forces of Nationalist gesture politics.

Our Geistigführer would be so proud.

I cannot wait till next week.

 

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Scottish votes for English laws for foxes sake – campaigners

SNP set to face rock and hard place dilemma over English hunts for English foxes:

“When you are in a fix, often the fix is in you.” ― Ashok Kallarakkal. Send suggestions to help Angus in green crayon to: Named Person, Gordon.

“When you are in a fix, often the fix is in you.” ― Ashok Kallarakkal. Send suggestions to help Angus out of his fix in green crayon to: Named Person, Gordon, Scotland.

By Forfox Sake

KIDDY ON SNP Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, yesterday defended himself against charges of moral inferiority in the face of the proposed repeal of the fox hunting ban in England.

He surprised animal rights activists by declaring “I know a lot of English foxes and they deserve to be hunted to exhaustion and torn apart by a pack of baying hounds. But that’s enough about Sally Bercow and her husband’s enemies in the media.”

The dilemma for the SNP leader in Salmond’s shadow is simple – do the SNP sell oot their principles and vote on English legislation or do they sell oot the cute furry animals in order to remain morally superior in their righteous voting stance.

Angus Robertson was clear on whose side the blame lay:

“This is all the basturt Tories fault,” he cried, “They’ve done this deliberately to screw us over. No matter what we do, a large swathe of Scottish and English voters are going to be foxing raging at us. I think this is a job for my Named Person.”

One possible way out for the Nationalists lies in a previous statement by Saint Nicola of Sturgeon who said that the SNP may vote on English legislation, such as health, if it affects Scotland .

“There’s no doubt that this vote will affect the health of our credibility in the eyes of Scottish and English voters” said Sturgeon.

“No matter how we do or don’t vote it’s obvious we will thereafter be hunted down and torn to pieces.”

Labour’s Holyrood environment spokeswoman, Sarah Boyack, called for the Nationalists to end the ban on voting for English laws as such a stance is “a brutal and unacceptable practice when you have 56 SNP MPs in an ‘English’ parliament.

“Scotland’s moral voice as part of the UK doesn’t end at Berwick-Upon-Tweed and the SNP must make clear that their previous voting principles were just a sham in order to appear morally superior.”

Desperately searching for anything which can make the issue of 'Scottish' interest. Saint Nicola.

Desperately searching for anything which can make the issue of ‘Scottish’ interest. Saint Nicola of Sturgeon, recently.

 

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Joan McAlpine MSP: Ignorant or hypocrite? You decide

Dynamic charity, ENABLE Scotland, has launched a campaign against the type of prejudicial words which can encourage cruel and mindless hate crime against people with learning disabilities. Joan McAlpine MSP has publicly pledged her support for this worthy cause. Curiously, Joan also openly promotes pro-indy website Wings Over Scotland? Its editor, Stuart Campbell, frequently refers to his ‘enemies’ as “retards” or as “retarded” – the very words targeted by ENABLE’s campaign. Surely some mistake? AhDinnaeKen investigates:

Joan might like to revise the hashtag of #Bethechange used here.

Joan might like to revise the hashtag of #bethechange in this Tweet.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

ENABLE SCOTLAND, the charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities, launched a new campaign yesterday.

The campaign’s core aim is to rid Scotland of the casual use and abuse of hateful and hurtful words commonly aimed at those with learning disabilities.

Discriminatory words such as, ‘mong’, ‘spaz’ and ‘retard’ cause the most distress and hurt to the victims and such words are usually the precursors of physical attacks.

Joan McAlpine MSP supports ENABLE’s campaigning aims. It is an upstanding and worthy campaign and one which AhDinnaeKen wholly condones and hopes succeeds in its objectives.

AhDinnaeKen invites Ms McAlpine to come clean over her recent endorsement of Wings Over Scotland – a site edited by an individual who freely and commonly refers to others as ‘retards‘ or ‘retarded‘ with the aim of diminishing and denigrating them in a hateful, intolerant and degrading manner.

It may be that with such a busy schedule writing her Daily Record column, Ms McAlpine is only partly aware of the reasons for the “huge snash” the site receives. She appears to be under the impression that such ‘snash’ has something to do with the site’s alleged lampooning of the “establishment’s hypocrisy“.

In Scotland it’s worth reminding Parliamentary Liaison Officer McAlpine that she is also part of the establishment – the Scottish establishment.

If her support of ENABLE’s campaign is sincere, then she must either condemn the crude abuse of ‘retard’ – hereafter referred to as the R-word – by Wings’ Stuart Campbell, or admit that she got it wrong regarding her preference for Wings over that of the “traditional media“.

AhDinnaeKen is prepared to give Ms McAlpine the benefit of the doubt on the matter.

For a period of years, Mr Campbell has relied upon the R-word, to diminish, denigrate and degrade. It’s something he’s well known for within and without the Scottish constitutional debate. For example:

How anyone can consider such sentiment to be 'civic' or 'progressive' is beyond us.

How anyone can consider such sentiment to be ‘civic’ or ‘progressive’ is beyond us.

In 2010, the day after the UK’s General Election, Campbell referred to Northern Irish voters (above) as “spectacularly retarded”. Five months later in the USA, Rosa’s law, was signed into law by President Barrack Obama. It officially replaced the use of “mental retardation” to describe people with learning disabilities to “intellectual disability“. The American law officially recognised the hurt, offense and stigma such labelling causes to the individuals affected.

Despite the implementation of Rosa’s law, Campbell still persisted within the pages of Wings Over Scotland and his Twitter accounts – @WingsScotland and @RevStu – to freely use the R-word in its pejorative sense:

Example 1Why maybe the Unionists are right May 28 2012
“If you’ve failed at Point 1 and the entire audience is comprised of semi-evolved retards, at least plant a few researchers in there with something halfway-intelligent to ask.”

This disgusting and derisory piece of alleged ‘lampoonery’ was written because Mr Campbell decided that the audience in the first of the BBC’s televised Big Debates wasn’t up to his expected intellectual standards. The casual use of the R-word demonstrates the contempt Campbell has for people in general and his complete insensitivity toward those with learning disabilities.

Example 2The Heavy Nudge May 29 2013
“Every time one young man is dissuaded from singing sectarian songs by stories like that of Calum Graham – either because he realises his actions are ugly, brutish and retarded, or simply because he doesn’t want to risk the possible consequences – the voice of bigotry literally gets quieter, and volume is its lifeblood.

Again, the R-word is clearly used in the pejorative and this time it’s aimed at a named individual. It follows the words “brutish” and “ugly” in a linear narrative and is typical of Campbell’s twisted and perverse sense of morality and logic.

Example 3 Twitter and Transphobic comments

You'd never be able to guess why it never ends well.

You’d never be able to guess why it never ends well.

The above Tweet was how Campbell described the debate when he was accused of being a transphobe after belittling Chelsea Manning’s reasons and wishes to be called Chelsea rather than by her former name of Bradley.

Incidentally, due to Campbell’s denigration of Chelsea Manning, Ms McAlpine’s estranged husband, Pat Kane, finally distanced himself from Wings – describing Campbell as both “unpleasant and intolerant“. Maybe that’s the kind of “snash” Ms McAlpine was referring to when she promoted Wings in her Daily Record column.

Aint going to work for you no more.

Aint going to work for you no more.

Example 4Denial of offensiveness of the R-word

Breathtaking denial.

Breathtaking.

The above discourse is literally breathtaking. Mr Leslie is referring to Campbell’s use of theR-word as offensive. The subsequent denial by the Wings man is damning.

Example 5Redefining the offensive even more offensively.

So now we know.

So now we know. Nothing questionable or offensive about that usage.

Curiously, Campbell’s definition in this tweet appears to have been lifted straight from the online ‘The Free Dictionary‘. He was careful to omit the first definition on the page: “Often Offensive: Affected with mental retardation.”

There is also a footnote on the same page which elaborates on the use of the word: “In the past, when a child had a mental condition that made learning difficult, people used to say that he or she was retarded, backward, simple, or educationally subnormal. Nowadays these words are avoided because they are thought to be offensive.

‘Thought to be offensive’ by most reasonable people of sound mind perhaps, but clearly not by Campbell. AhDinnaeKen would be most interested in anything Joan McAlpine had to say on the matter given her public support of ENABLE Scotland’s newly launched campaign.

She might even like to reflect on some authoritative voices – summed up neatly below:

Hate speech from a hate preacher. There's a thing.

Hate speech from a hate preacher. There’s a thing.

Or this, from ENABLE themselves:

“Be the change is about reflecting on your own behaviour. Stop using those words. Don’t let other people away with it. When you hear it, challenge them. Say, look, that’s not funny. And, by doing those things, we’ll get rid of this language for ever.” – Jan Savage, ENABLE assistant director of campaigns and membership.

Will Joan have the decency to say “look that’s not funny” to Wings Over Scotland aka Stuart Campbell? The jury’s out.

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