On Sunday I was made aware of a tweet by Kevin Williamson who, as far as I know, still serves on the so-called ‘Advisory Board’ of Bella Caledonia.
Williamson posted the following message on the social media platform.
Look 4ward to apologies from SNP bloggers @jameskelly @WingsScotland @GAPonsonby etc for clueless articles they wrote about tactical voting.
The apparent expectation of an apology was prompted by an article in the Sunday Herald. The article highlighted a report that readers were told had concluded that voting for the Scottish Greens in 2016 didn’t help Unionists or harm the SNP.
I haven’t read the article. The report it cites may or may not conclude what the newspaper says. There may or may not be evidence to back up The Sunday Herald’s headline.
To be honest I’m not really that bothered. Mostly because the articles Williamson described as “clueless” [and for which he is expecting an apology] weren’t based on the electoral claims of the Scottish Greens, but on a dishonest tactical-voting ruse promoted by supporters of a divisive group of radical glory hunters who fed on the embers of the 2014 Yes campaign. Below is a tweet from April 2016 that should serve as a reminder of the kind of stuff they were claiming.
I never once attacked the Scottish Greens. My argument was always that they were an established party of many years and had earned the right to challenge the SNP for pro-indy votes. Indeed If you read the short excerpt from an article I wrote in April 2016 it makes clear my concern was for all established pro-independence parties. My issue was with RISE and it’s promoters who were insisting the voting system could be gamed.
Those behind RISE appear not to appreciate the gift they are to the pro-Union media. There’s a delusion running through the alliance that seems impervious to argument. Even their ‘new media’ backers fail to grasp the idiocy of setting up a new party which will rely on taking votes from established pro-independence parties in order to succeed.
The day after the Holyrood result I wrote another article in which I said:
Had RISE been more successful in its quest for pro-indy votes, we might not have seen the Scottish Greens make these gains. The Yes campaign avoided a nightmare scenario.
The dishonest campaign promoted by supporters of RISE had the potential to split the pro-independence vote. They were called out by myself and others.
The kind of revisionism that Williamson is indulging in is exactly the kind that Richard Walker displayed when he attacked critics of Bella Caledonia, Common Space and The Sunday Herald in a recent speech.
Supporters of RISE have never once acknowledged their campaign targeting the SNP Second Vote was naïve and dishonest. They never will. Instead they have become the independence movement’s equivalent of the Scottish Labour Party. Constantly sniping at the SNP and blaming the party for all manner of things. These psuedo-intellectual snobs are racked with a bitterness borne of the realisation that they are, in reality, no more significant than the handful of amateur bloggers who exposed them.
I once tweeted that I was insignificant and happy to be so. That’s because I’ve always appreciated that independence is more important than a part-time writer like me – or ‘SNP Blogger’ as Williamson would have it [I’ve never been a member of the SNP].
I contribute what I can in my spare time, but I always try to ensure that my contributions aren’t harmful to the wider Yes movement. Those who follow my writings know that I have relentlessly pursued, not another pro-Yes group, but the British State Broadcaster.
Unlike some who now use the Yes movement to pursue their own agenda, I have no desire to be the new Yes messiah. I don’t feel the need to constantly tell the Yes movement where it went wrong in 2014. I’ll leave it to Unionists to snipe at the SNP. I don’t want to be acknowledged as a revolutionary radical thinker. I can get by without being accepted by the intellectual commentariat.
I write my articles, mostly scrutinising the BBC, and am happy to do so for nothing.
The only thing that matters is independence. That’s my agenda. I won’t apologise for it or for exposing those whose egos have the potential to damage the Yes movement.
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