It seems that Ross Greer’s pathetic need for attention has become a pathological craving. There is no reason for his demented rant other than to feed this nonentity’s strutting self-importance.
While his article is certainly not short of emotive rhetoric and self-righteous hysteria, what is conspicuous by its complete absence is any evidence of the issue that has supposedly prompted this theatrical exhibition of pompous outrage. Like the British nationalist propagandists he emulates, Greer seems unable to point to a single instance of the “bile” that has so provoked his sanctimonious ire.
Which is not to say that there are no tasteless or unacceptable comments made on social media. So what! That is precisely where such comments belong. And to imply that such outbursts are exclusive or particular to any group is to demonstrate a level ignorance or degree of prejudice that should be cause for silent shame rather than public flaunting.
If we wish to understand Greer’s motives in seeking to embarrass the Yes movement in this way then we need only consider the purpose of the ‘cybernat abuse’ propaganda he parrots. It’s aim is to close down discussion. To limit and control the constitutional debate. To induce that most insidious form of censorship, self-censorship. And to provide a smokescreen behind which British nationalists can hide when their misrepresentations, distortions, smears and downright lies are challenged.
Greer represents a particular clique within the Yes movement which similarly wants to ‘own’ the constitutional debate. He typifies the tick-box technocrats, righteous radicals and coffee shop commies who have latched onto the independence campaign as a vehicle for their narrow political agendas.
It is in the nature of such elitist factions that they seek to exclude in order to control. In order to claim the status of the ‘one true voice’ of the cause, they must demean, denigrate and stifle other voices in precisely the same way as those whose ambition is to kill the independence movement stone dead.
Democracy is legitimate and effective only to the extent that it is inclusive. Within the constraints defined by law, it is better that people engage with politics in whatever way they can, using whatever language they have at their disposal, than that they succumb to apathy and alienation. Those who seek to turn the Yes movement into some kind of private club for educated and erudite leftists are vastly more detrimental to our democratic cause than the odd semi-literate keyboard warrior.Views: 7546
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