Again today the MSM are delighting in the exposure of a pro-independence blogger. Many bloggers have posted about Mark MacLachlan being exposed for being an 'anonymous' blogger who should have realised he could be easily traced. I didn't know Mark well and his blog wasn't a regular read of mine, but he must have known he was on very dangerous ground given his position within the SNP. Sadly his family will now suffer too.
Joan MacAlpine has posted eloquently on wider issues under the title of 'The slaughter of the cybernats'.
Last week the MSM and the Scottish blogosphere were most vocal in their condemnation of Bruce Newlands. I was angry at some bloggers who seemed to be under the impression Bruce had destroyed the reputation of the SNP because he used a swear word to describe a politician. Let me say politicians are not above swearing any more than the next man. Bruce unfortunately used a word which is a taboo in this country even though it is defined in the Chambers dictionary, along with other definitions, as:
3 offensive slang an abusive term for an unpleasant person. 4 slang a person in general.
Looking through the history of language, the word he used has some interesting connections derived from its Latin source. These include cuneatus = 'wedge shaped" cuneo = 'I fasten with a wedge', (figurative) 'I wedge in', 'I squeeze in', leading to English words such as cuneiform (wedge-shaped).
Used in the context of describing a leading politician who barges his way past others into a position to get media attention, the word gains a particular relevance.
However the word is offensive to me and others, but so is the word cybernats. The Chambers dictionary does not define it but I find it extremely distasteful.
What many people have ignored is, with the exception of his last couple of posts, Bruce Newlands contributed a great deal to the cause of independence. He worked hard to encourage intelligent debate by setting up Scotsvoices so as those of different view on Scotland's Constitutional Future could discuss how Scotland could overcome the hurdles it will meet. His knowledge of Scottish history was excellent and he was proud to be one of many people who have a desire for Scotland to be recognised as a nation once more.
He wasn't afraid to criticise, such as why the postal votes increased by four thousand just prior to the Glasgow NE by-election. Neither was he afraid to question where Willie Bain paid his council tax. These were matters he thought were of importance to the campaign and which, as a citizen of Glasgow, he obviously felt needed to be aired. If, as it alleged by a commenter on Blether with Brian, that Willie Bain paid his council tax in London, then his claim that he lived in Glasgow was false.
Bruce Newlands, one of Scotland's brightest and innovative young architects, apparently submitted his resignation from his teaching post because he felt it honourable after realising that the university could become embroiled in a media spat and after being told by his part-time employer that he would be investigated because journalists alleged he used inappropriate language in front of students, something which Bruce himself described as "spurious" in his last post.
Not only is he a loss to the case for Scottish independence but a potential loss to the students of architecture whom he taught.
Although I've never met Bruce I know some who have had the pleasure and I disagree with his decision.
I am not a member of the SNP and neither was Bruce, although both of us support the SNP's principle policy of independence. He contributed towards that cause and was passionate. That is something which is missing in so many blogs - passionate opinion.
An MSM conspiracy? No. Journalists don't trawl small blogs looking for the odd derogatory word or comment about politicians - Bruce had even fewer visitors than me. There are plenty UK political blogs where journalists could find crude language to describe politicians. It's my belief that the MSM were tipped off possibly by someone who thinks the term 'cybernats' is amusing.
My posts will continue to call Gordon Brown a thief because his policies have eaten a large chunk out of my pension, plus reduced the final payments of my endowment policies by well into a five figure sum. I will also continue to call Bob Ainsworth incompetent and useless. If he wasn't he would be apologising to the 9000 troops who are stuck out in the hell of Afghanistan without any strategy other than to do their utmost to protect each other from being killed. They now have to wait until the end of January for Gordon Brown to get together with his mates and discuss their future. Meanwhile they shall spend Christmas in conditions which few of us could tolerate for 24 hours.
Personalities do come into politics and to believe otherwise is to deceive yourself. Politicians sell their personalities along with their policies, particularly in today's 'image is all' society. My readers know I prefer curses or obscenities to be masked if they are necessary.
I will continue to write my opinions and although I may not agree with those of others, I defend their right to voice them.