Clipping Our Wings


With the arrest of Stuart Campbell “on suspicion of harassment and malicious communications” we can take it that the situation for pro-independence blogging has taken a new turn – one that is particularly dark and sinister. Following a complaint made to the Metropolitan Police in London by an unnamed woman in her 30s, police in Avon and Somerset arrested Campbell at his home address in Bath. He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries, giving the police until mid-September to consider formal charges.

In a brief statement on the Wings Over Scotland website Stuart denied the allegations, writing: “None of the tweets involved are in ANY way threatening.” This has not deterred the unionist media from painting Campbell and Wings in the dimmest possible light, leading us to suspect that this was, in fact, the real motive for his arrest. It is suspicious, given that none of the tweets in question have been removed, that nowhere is there a mention of charges – which will not in all likelihood be forthcoming.

All of this raises again the ugly spectre of well-known media bias in the arena Scottish independence activism, now with the added menace of political policing. Breaking the “story” for The Herald, Tom Gordon made sure to use this as an opportunity to underline some of Campbell’s more controversial opinions – which he is perfectly entitled to – and the fact that he is taking Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, to court over her attempt to damage his reputation by accusing him of homophobia. While nothing of this has any bearing on the circumstances surrounding his recent arrest, Gordon – followed by the BBC and the Guardian – puts it all front stage and centre in his piece.

When we see this happening, especially in light of the concerted effort by the unionist media in Scotland and Common Space to undermine his support, we are forced to see something more shady going on. As the most influential politics blog in Scotland Wings poses a significant threat to any case for the union in another referendum. Right now the apparent trend by the forces of the union is to attack Wings using almost any means necessary.

Questions must be asked of any police force that is willing to allow itself to be used as a weapon to threaten and harass political activists on the flimsiest of pretexts. If charges are not brought against Stuart Campbell – and the accusations prove to be unfounded – then we can begin to see that this was a politically motivated assault on his free speech, and that the British police have allowed themselves to become complicit in an ugly political game geared towards breaking the independence movement in Scotland.

It is frustrating that The Herald, while taking every opportunity to criminalise Campbell in public opinion, has reached out to the Spanner troll account – one of the most violently racist and abusive in the Scottish unionist twittersphere – with the hope of giving him/her/them a voice in the mainstream media.

Over the past five years the independence movement in Scotland has been presented by the media in the most disgusting way. We have seen national newspapers emblazon the saltire with a white swastika in an effort to convince the public that Scottish nationalism is a neo-Nazi movement. We have had the leaders of the SNP depicted as totalitarian despots, the coining of terms like “CyberNat,” fusing gnat and “nationalist” in the national consciousness. We have had politicians continually blackened by the media and scurrilously misquoted and misrepresented.

Every facet of the British establishment – politicians, the media, private industry and banking, and now the police – have done everything in their power to present us as an irrational and dangerous threat to law and order. Now they wonder why we don’t believe these accusations against Stuart Campbell. Of course we don’t believe them. We are up against a London-Westminster establishment that has done nothing but lie and cheat and play every conceivable dirty trick.

We are fast approaching a time in Scotland where it will be illegal – or illegal to all intents and purposes – to campaign for Scottish independence. Our job now is to make sure this doesn’t happen. The only thing that will bring this nastiness to an end is winning independence and cutting the cancer of British interference out of Scottish political life. In the meantime we would encourage people to donate what they can to Wings Over Scotland and other pro-independence blogs. This is the only media we have on our side and we cannot afford to lose it.

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13 thoughts on “Clipping Our Wings

  1. I am not sure if this is as organised as you claim but just that there happened to be a useful idiot threatening everybody and their uncle with legal action at the back end of 2016 and the Yoons decided to run with it. If the un-named female in her 30s is who I suspect a quick look at her Twitter account should put this to bed and if it doesn’t then you may be right there is some jiggery pokery going on.

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    • The visit by the police may have been simply the result of a single individual with a grudge, and pending any charge nothing worth reporting. The problem is not the ‘idiot’, useful or otherwise, but the way the press seem to have jumped upon and exploited what should at this stage have remained a private matter.
      That is where the real poison lies. Who will be next?

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  2. I worry for our democracy. Already the question of whether the 2014 referendum was truly fair when 90% of the media and government (Treasury leaking stories etc. BBC blatant bias) were actively working for a No vote.
    I think they want independence supporters to have no voice to rally to, hence the attack on Wings.

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    • Of course there is a connection with Kezia Dugdale and it isn’t a loose one either.

      This is quite serious for Stuart. He was arrested and held in police cells. He’s on bail with criminal charges hanging over him. This (apparently) on account of one journalist he criticised nearly a year ago bleating to the police that she was being harrassed. The actual tweets relating to that journalist are anodyne in the extreme and there are only a handful of them. What is going on, for heaven’s sake?

      First, how can the police justify acting when the tweets are so innocuous? My own suspicion is that they’re investigating whether Stuart is actually co-ordinating and orchestrating a campaign of harrassment by multiple other accounts – the “frenzied Wings mob” of Jill Stephenson’s over-heated imagination. We know that isn’t the case, but it could all hinge on how seriously the police regard things said in banter about the “cybernat controller” and so on.

      Second, the timing. Stuart is causing Kezia Dugdale and the Labour Party extreme embarrassment with his defamation suit against her. Success in a defamation suit hinges to a large extent on the plaintiff having a good reputation and character. The complaints this seems to relate to were made to the police nearly a year ago, but this action has been taken now, at the most damaging moment possible for the defamation action. It’s quite likely that Stuart being on bail for an allegation of this sort will destroy that action. Then, if no evidence is found that the “cybernat controller” really did unleash a ravening horde of swivel-eyed acolytes to harrass Miss McFadyen, they can just drop it. Job done.

      Somewhere there is an Assistant Chief Constable being told by his political masters to get Stuart Campbell by the short and curlies. I really have no serious doubt about this.

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  3. Have I got this right, that the woman complained she was subjected to abuse from Stu over a two year period on Twitter?
    If that was/is the case, why did she allow it to go for so long.
    Why not simply just block him?

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  4. And Lang may your lum reek in support of wings, especially now as faux independence groups such as common space stick the knife in !
    When the alternative to independence is a future envisaged by Scotland in union…well, god help us all !

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  5. If this is not proof that we are up against the most devious, malicious and downright criminal establishment in the world I know not what to think of our people’s perception.
    I have long suspected and am increasingly convinced that Scotland will have to achieve its true place in the world the way all other escapees from the British Empire have. You can only be so nice in the face of utter bastards.

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  6. Totally agree and have donated to W o S who obviously does sterling work for Scotland, the truth, and our collective, “Common Space” (arse!)
    I would be grateful if we all could start naming the so called “Unionists” or “Yoons”, as we love to call them, by their real name, BRITISH NATIONALISTS, because that is undoubtedly what, and who, they are!
    So much in life is defined by the language that we use and the narrative we expound.

    British Nationalists are generally jingoistic, right wing (with the exception of some deluded Labour supporters) and still believe in the clout that the “British Empire” lost years ago. They love treating Scotland as their last colony of their nonexistent empire. They seem to include the Conningselfservatives, the Scottish (Blairite) branch of the Labour Party and, surprisingly to me, the nearly defunct Liberal Party. All British Nationalists to the core.

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  7. Brits trying to get their boot in first faced with La Dug being skelped by the Sheriff by means of tarnishing the good Reverend with this smear?

    They do seem to have form in this respect – Ms Michelle Thomson (correct spelling of surname?) being the recent, foremost example of this sordid tactic of “bayoneting” the opposition in the back via innuendo and using the polis and prosecuting authorities in the chibbing act (that it goes to court does not matter
    as the sordid deed is done and the muck lingering sticks subliminally in the collective mind of the human body politic – a tactic straight out of Heydrich’s playbook – see WoS thread @Capella to kick you off).

    Och well, nothing new here unless you are the victim of the propaganda onslaught itself causing unkent, incalculable damage to your good self – if you be in their gunsights – in the court of public opinion as per their vile intention Pax Britannia style: Divide et imperia rehashed with added, sleekit venom for additional scouring vim from their AngloBritNat, Roman Empire inspired template animating their ubermensch British “patriotism” fcuking the world bloodily over down to this day and age.

    To wit, Iraq as one mass murderous example.

    Another, the bloody treatment of our Celtic, Irish twin.

    The Indian sub-continent another, etc, etc…

    Globally in terms of other, primary evidence-based, rigorous research?

    Africa..?

    Asia..?

    Would Jezza have backed the sending in of Hanoverian troops against the “Jocks”?

    Betcha he would have sand would yet consorting with a tweed jacket and wringing out his props soaked “posh” hanky wiv stage prop tears in his eyes.

    Achtung BritNat lebensraum!

    However, they have not yet knowing to us sought to poison him as they did John MacLean nor shot him like James Connolly strapped to a wheelchair, yet. So, cheering news pro tem.

    “They shall not pass!” to quote a dissident “Spanish” sister: La Passionaria.

    Thou art darned tootin’, comrade

    Daibhidh

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  8. The lack of support from other journalists is disgraceful,
    a fellow journalist being silenced or even threatened to be silenced should have had them up in arms,
    even though they hate Wings for showing up their unionist misinformation and propaganda they should still rally round an attack on free speech,

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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