Alistair Carmichael attempting to occupy the moral high ground must be one of the great political ironies of our time. Not to mention some of the most sickening hypocrisy. But even if this individual wasn’t a proven liar and inept smear-merchant, he’d still be a simpleton. As would anybody who suggests that a political leader should accept responsibility for the online behaviour of random, and often anonymous, individuals over whom they have no authority.
As ever, the British nationalist mouthpiece makes wild claims about “vicious” abuse, but provides not a single shred of evidence that there ever was any abuse at all. Given his despicable behaviour in the so-called ‘Frenchgate’ affair, it would be surprising if members of the public were not highly critical of him. And it may well be that some expressed their disgust in robust terms. But what reason is there to assume that only SNP members found Carmichael’s conduct repugnant? He offended against standards that are common across society. Is it being suggested that members of the British parties found his behaviour perfectly acceptable?
How can this ‘rule’ regarding responsibility for the actions of unconnected others only apply to the SNP? If there is to be such a rule, surely it must also apply to other party leaders. If he is genuinely concerned about the quality of debate, why is Carmichael not demanding that Dugdale, Davidson and Rennie take responsibility for abusive and threatening remarks made by British nationalist fanatics on social media and the comment sections of hate-mongering British newspapers?
Of course, this has nothing whatever to do with concern for the quality of debate. Being one of those most responsible for corrupting and contaminating political discourse in Scotland, Carmichael can hardly be credible as an arbiter of standards. The British propaganda machine occasionally needs someone to breathe some life into the threadbare myth of “cybernat abuse”. As he awaits his reward for loyal, lying service to the ruling elites of the British state, Carmichael has little else to do but turn tricks for the British media.Views: 2853
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