He writes so much and in different places, that you don’t know where you are with him. One minute he’s the indignant defender of Catholic family values. The next he’s bashing the SNP on anything he can make up. Then he’s knifing the Tories with a well-crafted sentence. I suppose he is just a professional (mercenary) journalist who writes for an audience any audience.
Anyhoo, he wrote in the Independent yesterday, in defence of the idea of a Wings Party to hoover up the list MSP seats that the SNP are denied by the system. He did use the opportunity to have a tilt at the totalitarian tendency he perceives in the SNP, but I couldn’t help but like some of what he wrote:
The analysis of a new Wings party’s prospects of success can wait. In the meantime, let’s all just bask in the cartoon horror of those who recoil at even the merest possibility of the Reverend Stuart Campbell MSP. This was the Scottish Tories’ reaction last week: “Wings Over Scotland is the most reprehensible extreme of the independence movement. The organisation would be far and away the most despicable participant ever to have sought involvement in Holyrood.”
When I saw this obloquy for Campbell, a wee shard of jealousy pierced my soul. Imagine having that on your gravestone or even your CV. Imagine the joy of being able to proclaim that the Tories hate you so much that they think you are a reprehensible and despicable extremist. I don’t know if the Reverend Campbell is a Christian but imagine being able to face St Peter, the old celestial bouncer himself, with that one when your earthly sojourn has reached its end.
“So, what makes you think you’re getting in here then, sunshine?”
“Well, the Scottish Tories think I’m the most despicable character ever to have darkened the doors of Holyrood.”
“Come right in sir, the VIP lounge is on the second floor. St Francis, get that man a glass of the Chateauneuf.”
Forget it’s him. Imagine someone else wrote it. Good? But, more important, he writes:
If Campbell and any other members of his party were to make it to Holyrood via the list system, then it’s extremely unlikely that this will be at the expense of SNP places. The Holyrood list system, let’s face it, has become a lifeboat for party hacks and local placemen among the Unionist parties. I wouldn’t expect the SNP to be over-enthusiastic about the prospect of the Reverend Campbell at Holyrood, but they should probably call off the hounds. He’s not going to hurt them.
I agree. I’m ready to step up the plate to represent WOSP in SW Scotland if the Rev will have me. I’m also ready to be Defence and Foreign Policy Spokesperson and give Nicola laldy if she enthuses about Hilary again, or any other pro-War figure, for that matter. Grousebeater for Environment Spokesperson, Wee Ginger Dug, Spokesperson for Animal and Human Rights, Craig Murray for Deputy Leader, James Kelly for Finance and Strategy, MSM Monitor for PR, Bugger le Panda for………ideas?
Footnote: Lesley Riddoch agrees! I like her thought processes.