First things first; I would have much preferred it if Alistair Darling hadn’t,
as the New Statesman claimed, likened Alex Salmond to that odious North
Such language, if used, always cheapens political debate.
But in saying that I’m bound to add that it could only have been a matter of
time before the former chancellor responded in kind to the type of abuse
he’s had to suffer since agreeing to front the Better Together campaign.
And if the referendum debate is now plumbing new depths, Mr Salmond need look
no further than his own mirror for the principal culprit.
He has stood by for years whilst his followers have traduced and grossly
insulted all and everyone who opposed them.
All he had to do to stop it was say the word, call off his dogs, and those
appalling nutters — there’s no better word for them — would have been
All we got instead were weasel words which purported to suggest that both
sides of the referendum debate were as guilty as each other.
That was simply not true and Alex Salmond knew it to be so.
The first time I was called quisling, I laughed it off as I probably did quite
a few of the later times too.
But Vidkun Quisling was a fascist traitor to Norway, his homeland. But that’s
what they still call me and why should anyone have to put up with that kind
Why does Mr Salmond allow his cybernats to roam at will over the internet,
spreading their poison wherever they chose to land? Why, for instance, do
they take perverse delight in telling their opponents that they know their
addresses, if it’s not to issue a veiled threat?
As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
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