A Scottish Conservative candidate has deleted a tweet in which he suggested the SNP would endorse the rounding up of Jewish families in return for a second independence referendum.
In his tweet, Paul Penman said: “The SNP would prop up an Anti-Semite PM in exchange for Indyref2 and no Trident.
“What if the PM in question asked for the round up of Jewish families in Scotland.”
The tweet was tagged with multiple SNP hashtags including the name of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It also tagged in several national and local newspapers.
Penman posted the offensive message on twitter to coincide with the start of the SNP’s Autumn conference. The ‘Anti-Semite PM’ was believed to be a reference to UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The Scottish Tory council candidate for Edinburgh Leith Ward removed the tweet the next day after it provoked furious responses on the social media site.
Penman claimed the tweet had been a joke saying: “12k views of my SNP18 wind-up tweet.”. The Scottish Conservative candidate labelled his detractors “Dafties”.
However it has since emerged that Penman has a history of posting highly inappropriate and offensive message on twitter. Writer Cameron Archibald uncovered a string of similar messages.
The messages included implying Nicola Sturgeon was a Nazi, that Kezia Dugdale was ugly, describing a former party colleague as a Quisling and calling on Police Scotland to fire rubber bullets at cyclists.
The string of offensive tweets prompted some to ask how Penman had passed Scottish Conservative vetting.
Penman is the latest Scottish Conservative to be caught posting offensive material on social media. Last year The National reported that seven council candidates standing for Ruth Davidson’s party had faced accusations of racism over comments and messages posted on social media.
The news followed a string of scandals involving racism, sectarianism and even one episode involving child abuse images.
Last year two councillors were suspended from the Scottish Conservative party over accusations of racism and bigotry, although one was eventually reinstated after attending diversity training.
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