Ruth Davidson has provoked fresh anger on social media after appearing to link the Scottish National Party to Nazis. The Scottish Conservative leader posted a message on social media site twitter that took aim at SNP MP Mhairi Black.
Responding to another poster who asked if Ms Black was aware of an individual named Arthur Donaldson, Davidson replied “It would seem not”.
Arthur Donaldson, who led the SNP from 1960 to 1969, was targeted by MI5 in the 1940s and thrown in jail after an unnamed informant claimed Donaldson planned to set up a puppet government if the Nazis won the war. Despite spending six weeks in prison, Donaldson was never charged and was eventually released.
His name has been regularly trotted out by Unionists in an attempt to link the SNP to the Nazis, although no evidence has ever been produced to substantiate the claim.
Davidson’s jibe at Black followed an article by the SNP MP in which she attacked the recent Conservative party conference in Birmingham. Black called for people to speak out against “the Tories’ ugly xenophobia”.
The SNP MP added: “The Conservative Party’s conference has unleashed ugly and downright scary rhetoric that I was brought up to believe was to be left in the past. I am not exaggerating when I say that the policies being brought forward are reminiscent of early 1930s Nazi Germany.”
Davidson’s tweet prompted angry responses on twitter with opponents accusing the Conservative MSP of repeating debateable claims from history.
Another reminded the MSP of her own party’s “proto-fascist rhetoric”.
The latest spat comes barely a week after the Tory MSP caused fury after comparing Scots to vandals and thieves. According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, The Scottish Conservative leader was speaking at an event attended by Prime Minister Theresa May when she told the audience: “I’m delighted we have such spectacular surroundings,”
The Tory MSP added: “Usually they put the Scots in a place where nothing can be broken. Or stolen for that matter!”
The remark sparked outrage on social media. One angry respondent attacked the remark, saying: “What a distasteful comment to make about the people you represent.”
Another accused Davidson of having insulted the whole of Scotland, saying: “This has made me even more furious than @theresa_may saying we have no say in #Brexit. She has insulted EVERYONE in Scotland.”
The Scottish Conservative leader refused to apologise for the ‘joke’.
Despite a string of highly questionable remarks recently, including calling a female Labour MP a “short-haired, flat shoes, shovel-faced lesbian”, the hard-line Unionist MSP has avoided any serious media scrutiny.Views: 21135