A notoriously bile-fueled SNP MSP has gaslit the BBC’s ex-Scotland Editor, Sarah Smith, after she claimed she was glad to have walked away from the “bile, hatred and misogyny” of Scotland’s political culture. Responding to Smith’s announcement however, Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan tweeted “America would be the go to place to escape all her imaginary woes then”. Complete with an eye roll emoji.
Dornan’s pretence that vile and hatred doesn’t openly exist in Scottish politics is particularly laudable. In July last year the representative was reported for saying of Jacob Rees-Mogg, “If your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell,” a comment that the SNP seemed to defend.
Dornan also falsely accused an Edinburgh bus company of “anti-Irish racism” last year, despite no evidence; and accused Rangers’ players of singing a sectarian tune based on clearly doctored footage, something which he again refused to apologise for. Dornan’s denial of bile and hatred in Scottish politics is the least introspective statement since Jeremy Corbyn was calling for kinder, gentler politics…
Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed on his podcast today that the SNP have apologised on behalf of MSP James Dornan for tweeting that Mogg was “responsible for the deaths of thousands“, and that he will “undoubtedly rot in hell” for backing the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill. In the now-deleted outburst, Dornan said:
“You and your cronies are already responsible for the deaths of thousands and you’re now happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and drown… if your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell.”
Typically sanguine, Mogg responded today with:
“Of course he’s entitled to say that. That’s perfectly fair. I’m a public figure. I’ve gone into this business, nobody forced me to become a Member of Parliament. I did it of my own volition and people are free to say things about the prospects of my soul, are they not?”
Publicly, the SNP claimed the reaction to Dornan’s tweets reeked of “desperation”, privately they admit it was over-the-top…