A BBC presenter has come under fire on social media after claiming he helped pay the benefits of the unemployed.
Politics Show host Andrew Neil was responding to a nurse who tweeted criticism of him after the presenter became embroiled in a foul-tempered online spat with independence supporters he had labelled ‘Cybernats’.
Nurse Sharon Gathercole said of the BBC man’s conduct: “his contempt unsurprising. He forgets we’re all forced to pay his wages, even cybernats he hates so much.”
The BBC presenter challenged the claim that the nurse paid his wages, arguing she only part contributed.
However several hours later he tweeted again telling the nurse he contributed to her wages and to the “unemployment benefits of the Cybernats”.
The term ‘Cybernat’ is a derogatory term often used by Unionists to describe online supporters of Scottish independence. The tweet by the BBC presenter was immediately denounced by others on social media with at least one person insisting he would lodge a complaint with the corporation.
The exchange followed a three day old war of words that has witnessed both the presenter and independence supporters trade insults. Neil labelled his detractors ‘Trolling Cybernats’ and ‘Nasty Numpties’ and insisted he reserved the right to be “as rude as I want” to what he described as “barbarism” from his detractors.
The row followed an interview on Sunday where Neil was accused of using inaccurate figures in an interview with Scottish government minister Derek MacKay. The interview went viral and led to SNP supporters ridiculing the BBC presenter.
Neil claimed local authorities in Scotland were facing a budget cut after the Scottish government budget speech by Derek MacKay this week. However the BBC presenter’s claim that his figures were accurate appeared to be undermined by independent think tank The Fraser of Allander Institute which concluded that local authority funding was facing an increase under Scottish Government plans.
The interview can be seen below.