Monday, February 8, 2016

EXCLUSIVE : Has J K Rowling's misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner" been traced to Ardrossan?

A Scot Goes Pop reader has been doing some detective work into the real identity and whereabouts of J K Rowling's notoriously abusive and misogynistic friend "Brian Spanner".  I'll let her email speak for itself, but it's in edited form to avoid any conceivable breaches of privacy.

"On July 7th 2015, Mr Spanner sent this tweet:

"Tonight I will be mostly sending weird pictures to my neighbour's unsecured wireless printer."

In it you can see he tweets the image of the local wifi networks he’s getting from his mac.  (In case you’re not a mac user, I am and can confirm that this is what the network list looks like on one.)
So whoever he is, he’s not skint.

If you look at the top network, you can see that there is a wee mark to the left of it. This is the back end of a tick, indicating that this is the network he’s actually attached to.

There is a website called WiGLE which collates SSIDs for wifi, so I checked this network and it flagged as being based in Ardrossan, next to the beach. It was spotted at this address on the 6th April 2015. Below is the info from WiGLE on it. Beneath the WPA logo are the coordinates.

So, being a belligerent and nosey sort of person, I went down to Ardrossan with my laptop to look for it. And indeed it’s still there. It can be detected fleetingly from the main beach road of ************** Road but it can very reliably be detected from a side street called ***************. Map attached and pics of my picking the network up. I have a wifi scanning file that confirms it, if anybody requires proof."

Coincidentally, popular journalist Euan McColm seems to have family that hail from Ardrossan and thereabouts, judging from a tweet on 23rd November 2012 -

Euan McColm : "our dads were saltcoats then ardrossan, i think."

Coincidentally, popular journalist Euan McColm once randomly mentioned the beach at Ardrossan in a Scotsman article -

"I’d have my man or woman outline a vision for the future from Stirling Castle, or Edinburgh’s Royal Mile or the beach at Ardrossan."

Coincidentally, popular journalist Euan McColm was the first person that "Brian Spanner" ever followed on Twitter, out of 300 million or so possibilities.

Coincidentally, popular journalist Euan McColm and "Brian Spanner" both use the C-word on social media far more frequently than the average person.  (Come to think of it, the average person doesn't use the C-word at all.)

Hmmm.  More than anything, I think this is a timely reminder that coincidences are just far, far more common than most of us realise.  For example, did you know that in any given football match, there is a roughly 50/50 chance that two of the players will share the same birthday?  With there only being 22 players on the pitch, and 365 days in the year, many people would think that the chances of that happening are only around 5%.  But nope - it's 50%.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

122 comments:

  1. Twat team surely?

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  2. Indeed, in my class at school (Aged 14) I shared a birthday with another boy.

    Regards who BS is? Well there were also more than one possible 'give away' Tweet. Many people have been sent down on fewer coincidences.

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  3. The original tweet referred to in the email seems to have been deleted but it's been archived here: http://twicsy.com/i/ytfEvi

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  4. "They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!"

    Well sniffed.

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  5. So easy to "unmask" Paco McSheepie. So hard to find Brian Spanner.

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  6. Apparently there's an E. McColm living close by in Irvine.

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  7. Speaking of probabilities, and recalling our discussion on the previous thread about the chances of being hit by a meteorite, I feel compelled to post this news story ;)

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/08/asia/india-meteorite-man-killed/

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    1. "the death would be the first fatality from a meteorite on record"

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    2. "On record" was what we were discussing the other day - I specifically used that qualification, and with a good reason.

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  8. Joanne Rowling.Who'd a thunk she'd pick friends like BrianSpanner/Euan McColm.

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  9. Glasgow Working ClassFebruary 8, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    Get a life Nat sis and set about the right wing SNP. I note someone at Shiraz Socialist is on the Nat si case.

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    1. Wouldn't it be simpler to just offer policies attractive to the electorate? Parties never win elections by attacking the opposition. Never. Never, ever, ever. Never ever, ever, ever, ever.

      Parties only win by presenting a more attractive package to the electorate than other parties are offering.

      This is why SNP=Bad is doomed to failure.

      You understand this right? It's politics 101.

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    2. Oi Onanist, go play with yourself somewhere else. You are not welcome here.

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  10. Outstanding. I'm sure Brian will have an appreciation of the investigative work being put in to unmask him, especially since he's such a big fan of "unmasking" pseudonymous twitter users, sending round private detectives, clyping on people to their employers and so on.

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    1. Only when those people have been pretending to be women to try and con teenage boys out of their cash, "Claire".

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    2. There is no evidence to refute the possibility that Brian Spanner is Jon Venables or Gary Glitter.

      I'm going with those two until Spanner is revealed.

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  11. James.
    you are going to have to get some Scot Goes Pop Alert Reader badges made up.

    Anyone down in Adrossan?

    You just need one of these Wifi Aps - I used to have one for my Andriod which records and plots signal strength and channel number.

    That would trace the router to the house or a flat.

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    1. What happens if they just change the name of their SSID?

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    2. How often does an average person do that? How many average people even red this blog? (sorry, James) In other words if one of those SSIDs gets replaced by another in the next few hours wouldnt that just increase suspicion?

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  12. Is Spanner also GWC? Both are illiterate and offensive. GW seems a bit spooked tonight.

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  13. There was a comment on Wings last week mentioning a few things that Spanner had tweeted that might identify him. These included his mother and sister being nurses, he has a young child and he's in his early 40s.

    I had a look on his twitter account and found lots of tweets confirming this. I screen shot them.

    Next day they had all disappeared.

    Now why would Spanner delete them if he didn't think they'd identify him?


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  14. This is utterly mental. Man-up. The guy does parody and trolling. Who gives a shit? And people wonder why everyone thinks SNP supporters are nuts and 2.6 million didnt vote SNP in May. Stuff like this doesnt help anyone.

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    1. 'Why 2.6 million didn't vote SNP in May'

      Are you quite sure that was the headline story of the election?

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    2. Different when it's the yoons sniffing out the smallest SNP transgressions, real or imagined. I'm absolutely loving this.

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    3. No that's ridiculous too and rightly derided. Like this will be.

      Not least because on the balance of likelihood it's not Euan McColm...

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  15. I actually think Brian Spanner is John Venables and it is legally impossible for journalists to release his name.

    Either that or the constant 70s references point to Gary Glitter.

    He certainly has some some dark, dirty secret to hide anyway.

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  16. Simon Church and Charlie Adam both have their birthdays on December 10th and both played in our last game together (came on as subs). Another coincidence is that we beat you 2-1 in that away game as well as 2-1 in the home game.

    Well, this thread is about trolling after all.

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  17. You realise everyone's laughing at you, right?

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    1. Why are you getting so upset? Are you the despicable misogynistic Unionist troll @brianspanner1, you lovely anonymous person you?

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    2. You forgot that he's a friend of terrorists and child abusers. As long as they are British by God and not filthy foreigners.

      World's most famous woman is stinking hypocrite and follows/partakes in the brian spanner abuse of women/minorities/everybody not a quisling and not a word in the media. Explain the cover-up.

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  18. Well I'm no detective, but my money is on Euan and friends. Would not be surprised if most yoon journalists and 'would be' politicians were involved in this unsavoury practice.

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    1. I still think it is Gary Glitter or Jon Venables.

      There has been no evidence to refute this possibility.

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    2. Are you tired, Mr Glitter?

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    3. That’s the thing, your ordinary man on the street has better things to do with his time than to troll online as a yoon defending scum and a corrupt and anti-Scottish union. That in a nut shell tells you all you need to know.

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  19. It's important that Brian Spanners account is closed and he buggers off. However this kind of thing (detective work) is pretty out of order to be honest. I'm a 100% committed supporter of independence but these kind of actions should not be undertaken. It's on the verge of too much. It's exciting yes to do the detective work but there are a million fuckwits out there and it just takes one to do something stupid with this information however innocent it is.... stuff like this and the yahoos outside the scottish parliament don't really help our case much. Don't flame me guys I'm just saying how I feel.

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    1. When they are being protected by the media who snigger up their sleeve at Spanner's misogyny and anti-Irish hatred then, I'm sorry, something stinks.

      Something stinks badly from Mr Venables or Glitter.

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    2. No-one is saying it isn't rough having that ball sack on twitter, but just think about what someone has done.... Searched up a wifi name, then went to Ardrossan and pissed about outside houses to find where the strongest signal is. It's bad news.

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    3. Ach well, he should have thought before he tweeted.

      Fuck him. If he is a ex-NOTW journalist he wouldn't have had a second thought about ruining your life.

      It would have paid for his cocaine and hookers.

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    4. It's no more than MI5 do every day to anyone the hell they want so NO. Not too much. My only concern is they cover their tracks better in future.

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    5. It is too much, being a dick online doesn't mean you should be identified or have anyone round your house. People can say what they like online without living in fear of having arseholes piss about trying to find their house. I am deeply offended by what that prick says online but I don't give a shit who he is, what is important is that people seem to be forgiving his behaviour. Sadly he will get away with it for the most part because now he will be sorry and will once exposed write a column about how he feared for his families safety. You can say it's fine but it's not. It's never going to look good and it should not have been done.

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    6. Clearly another wet Indy supporter or maybe a YOON troll on the pretend. Go elsewhere if you no like.

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    7. I do tend to go elsewhere indeed, rarely post. Sadly it gets rarer and rarer when I read pish from folk like you. I want indy. but you'll keep us all back and you are far too stupid to see what you are doing. We'll never be taken seriously with people like you hanging around mouthing off. Do I really want indy. yes do I want to share a platform promoting it with you... No chance keep away please.

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    8. "People can say what they like online without living in fear"

      Tell that to Natalie McGarry.

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    9. For heaven's sake, nobody has been round to anyone's house. The person in question simply stood in public spaces with a laptop. How is that putting anyone's family at risk? Come off it.

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  20. What time is the meet? Can anyone lend me a pitchfork?

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  21. Haha what an embarrassment. Spanner is just an online joker, no worse than any other online keyboard warrior on here. Have a word with yourselves! "Claire" Robertson was investigated as he was duping people from yes into buying him food etc. Will you have a similar witch hunt for Tories in an Indy Scotland?

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    1. Mr Robertson (who was, in fact, a complete twat) was a nobody.

      Most evidence points to Spanner being a well known journalist.

      I'm not comfortable with well-known journalists cracking potato famine jokes and abusing women based upon their gender. If I did that at work I would be sacked and the same applies to Mr Spanner.

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  22. I'm in Ardrossan..I can help.

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    1. The Internet PolisFebruary 8, 2016 at 9:10 PM

      Quick lads, we've got him!

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  23. This is the start of the end of the rain of Brian Spannners's terrorisation of innosent women and us true Scotts. Both votes SNP.

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  24. Glasgow Working ClassFebruary 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Any progressive policies on the horizon to enhance the lives of the less off from the Nat sis. Taxing the rich and middle classes is off the agenda for the Nat sis. Engerland is not going going tae subsidise the Nat si elite anymore. So whit are you Nat sis going tae dae?

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    1. Solving the problems of the poor can wait until independence, their patience will be rewarded mark my words.

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    2. Another yoon, can always spot them by there spelling

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    3. "can always spot them by there spelling"

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    4. I know its they're you fell for my trap stupid yoon

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  25. Euan McColm, Off with his head. This little troll has been harassing me for years. I will expose him and his visits to a popular Glasgow park in due course. Mark Maclachlan.

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  26. The troll pleas on here confirm it.

    Result!

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  27. The troll pleas on here confirm it.

    Result!

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  28. Spanner will be fully identified very shortly, I am sure.

    What I am waiting for is the flak which, rightly, is going to hit his real-life Unionist friends in very high journalistic and literary places.

    Their embarrassment and squirming either trying to defend his high-profile misogyny or try to pretend they were unaware of it.

    If no-one else, I am sure The National and Bella Caledona will run the story and it will, immediately, go viral on-line with approx half of all Scots.

    Whoever Spanner actually is, he has not much longer left as an"Anonymous".


    Tick Tock, Brian, Tick Tock....................

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  29. Good work... this guy is definitely spanner or someone else.... I guarantee it.....

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    1. Awwww.

      Getting a wee bit concerned, pal?


      Love it!

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    2. They are defo getting worried.

      If it turns out a abusive well know journalist is a woman hating coward who cracks potato famine jokes...well, it is curtains for mr coward.

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  30. Civic investigation turns up Brian Spanner. Who needs professional journalists?

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    1. Getting nervous eh? You will be exposed.

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  31. This is pretty funny for a Monday night on a polling blog.

    Clearly some people aren't happy Brian Spammer being identified.

    I'm almost interested now as to who the mystery culprit is.

    Out of interest, who's Ian McColm anyway - if it is him? I've been following Scottish politics for years, but it's a name I've only seen a few times in passing.

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    1. A journalist, Scotsman I think. I don't follow the Glasgow bubble so I wasn't aware of him until this blew up.

      Although we're not exactly on the same side, I agree. This has gotten interesting to the point I'm curious to find out who this guy eventually is.

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  32. He knows we are onto him, my mate says he has changed his twitter page to "Brian Spassange". Stay alert troops

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    1. no one likes a smart ass yoon

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  33. What fun! Not just the attempts to unmask Spanner but the faux indignation from the yoons too. *snigger*

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    1. The yoon-journos are not happy bunnies. They are claiming they would never track down people, doorstep them and out them on the front page. No, they wouldn't stoop that low for a headline.

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    2. They do not like it up 'em. And I am enjoying sticking it right in to the hilt up 'em.

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    1. Copying the MSM, and "outing" an offensive Blogger.

      Sounds like a great wee hobby, to me.

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  35. Greetings.

    I wrote the Claire/Mark Robertson exposé.

    I would say that all you seem to have at the moment, unless I can't see it on my phone, is some text and no evidence. Basically you're asking us to believe your word, and that person or persons unknown to us went to Ardrossan and got the SSID linked to a specific street.

    Now, it could be that you're sitting on the evidence and not publishing it for fear of recrimination. However, until such times as you put out something concrete then, frankly, it's all looking a bit flimsy. Brian Spanner will (rightly) laugh this off until hard evidence is produced, and not just some claims from a source-free blog.

    Cheers.

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    1. Congrats on exposing Claire.

      Any thoughts on why no-one in the MSM will do the same to Spanner?

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    2. Hello, Mark. You're quite right that I made a conscious decision not to publish any of the hard evidence from the email. What's left may be flimsy in your view but it does have the virtue of being true. Unfortunately, I'm not a newspaper and I don't have banks of lawyers on hand to reassure me that it would be safe to go just a little further.

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    3. That's an entirely fair comment. But, you must realise that until you do produce something hard then you'll be left open to the accusation that you're bluffing. When I published on Claire/Mark I asked myself 'would it stand up in court?' If you can't jump that bar then it's a weak case you're presenting. I don't mean that pejoratively. It's just the way it is.

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    4. I'm not sure what you mean "stand up in court" - as far as I can see the evidence that Spanner posted from Ardrossan is very credible and well-researched, but I'm not sure what relevance that would have in court one way or the other.

      And, to be frank, when I wrote the post I wasn't in any sense seeking to meet the forensic standards that someone like you might think should apply. I was trying to present my own readers with interesting and accurate information.

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    5. Sorry, can someone please recap us on who mark Robinson and Claire and this mckeun etc are . ? Is this an actual journalist with a good reputation explaining what he at least sees as the ground rules? Either side can explain fairly? Or both..

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    6. What I meant by the court comment was that it is the standard I wanted it to be judged against. In other words, I couldn't expect the readers to believe it if it couldn't satisfy a judge or jury. When I had all my evidence and put it together I was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt (beyond that, actually) that I had the right person.

      As stated, at present you have shown no evidence. All we have are words. All I am saying is that until you present that hard evidence then you cannot expect this to be taken seriously.

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    7. I think you're being a bit silly here. The claim I'm making is hardly an extraordinary one - I'm saying that he posted on Twitter from Ardrossan, not that he was having an affair with the Pope. I've already pointed out that I wasn't interested in meeting the standards that you think are important, and yes, that gives Spanner an opportunity to laugh it off (although I suspect he would have done that anyway). But I know that it's true, and what's more, he knows that I know it's true. I suspect also that most of my regular readers know that I wouldn't mislead them, so even though I can't expect *you* to take it seriously, that doesn't mean I can't expect anyone to.

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  36. Probably because he hasn't ripped off people of money and food. Also because he doesn't groom young boys online. Probably I'd say that had something to do with it.

    Also, other than be offensive to men and women (the misogynst accusation is a joke), as far as I can see he hasn't done anything wrong. Sure, he's upset a lot of Nats, and is friendly on Twitter with JK Rowling, but that's hardly a crime.

    The truth of the matter is that he's hated because he's effective.

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    1. You don't believe he is misogynist?

      Really?

      And his well documented tweets to various Scottish Female Politicians, using the C word and referring to FGM are not "wrong" in your book?

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    2. Come off it, Mark. What about the "Cybernats" exposed by the Daily Mail a couple of years back? What had they done that was so wrong? Nothing at all in some cases, and much less than Brian Spanner in others.

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    3. I believe nothing I read in that rag. It is my view that Spanner is sometimes abusive, but his abuse is directed at males and females. It's also funny abuse for the *most* part (ask Mhairi Hunter, who has said as much). Only a moment's examination of his feed is necessary to see that he isn't a misogynist.

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    4. I'm sorry, Mark, but you're going to struggle to explain away that tweet about Margaret Curran as non-misogynist.

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    5. Hi James,

      Do you think Stuart Campbell's 'cold dead mouth' tweet about Margret Curran is also misogynist or does he get away with it?

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    6. First of all, I'm not actually aware of the comment you're referring to. Secondly, I'm not sure what you're asking me - what does "or does he get away with it" mean?

      As far as Spanner's comment about Curran is concerned, he certainly has "got away with it" so far - the mainstream media have given him a completely free pass.

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    7. On 9/7/14 Stuart Campbell tweeted

      'Margaret will stop lying when you pry the tongue out of her cold dead mouth, to coin a phrase'

      While I'm not sure if that qualifies as misogynist I do find it vile and abusive, what do you think?

      Personally I think both Campbell and this Spanner person are abusive trolls who should be ignored, you may disagree. Also I find the idea that the mainstream media should be reporting on this laughable.

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    8. As you already know, I do disagree.

      I don't think the statement you've quoted is misogynistic, no. Whether it's abusive is in the eye of the beholder, but there's plainly no comparison with what Spanner said.

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    9. How about

      'Just Die. Just fucking die, you slithering, smug, reptilian little shitstain'

      Directed at Daniel Finkelstein, or how about,

      'I hope an aeroplane delivering dirty needles to an incinerator crashes onto Ian Murray tonight'.

      Followed by

      'Anyone who's got a word to say about it can f*** off and die in a chemical fire'.

      Then there's this on disabled former MP Anne Begg

      'I'm watching Anne Begg on Newsnight and all I can see in my head is Peter Sellers in 'Dr Strangelove' trying not to do a Nazi salute.'

      Would you consider any of that abusive?

      You denounce Rowling et al for interacting with an abusive troll like Spanner yet you happily retweet Campbell despite surely being aware of the horrible things the man says. Isn't that hypocritical?

      I oppose Scottish independence, Spanner is on 'my side' if you like, but I condemn the abusive misogynistic things he has said. Will you not condemn what Campbell has said?

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    10. Let's pursue this analogy a little further. You reckon I'm supportive of someone you consider to be abusive. In the Spanner case, what happens now is that I (as a billionaire children's author) bully you into a public retraction and into making a donation to the charity of my choice. The press report the story, say I've "destroyed" you, and fail to mention who or what the dispute was actually about.

      Does that sound fair enough to you?

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    11. Ah but there's a bit of a difference here. I haven't photoshopped your tweets to make it look like you directly support the nasty things Campbell has said. If I had it would be entirely fair for you to demand a retraction and apology.


      I don't for a minute think you support everything Campbell says, I'm sure you don't think anyone should 'die in a chemical fire'. But if Rowling is to be condemned for the company she keeps on twitter then surely it is only fair to apply the same logic to you.

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    12. You're missing the whole point. You're getting away with criticising me. Natalie McGarry was bullied into retracting her criticisms of Rowling. Do you condemn Rowling for doing that? Do you feel that Natalie McGarry should have had the same freedom to speak out that you are currently enjoying? If not, why not? The 'photoshop' thing is a load of garbage, so please don't insult my intelligence by using that as an excuse.

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    13. My apologies, I assumed wrongly that the bullied party you were referring was the bloke that photoshopped Rowling's tweets, he also retracted, apologised and made a charity donation (quite rightly in my view).

      Call it garbage all you like but Ms McGarry used doctored images to spread misinformation about Rowling. Under those circumstances I think its perfectly fair that Rowling asked for a retraction and apology.

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    14. Calling it 'bullying' does not make it so.

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    15. Saying that it wasn't bullying doesn't change the facts either. And "asked" is a rather Orwellian choice of word.

      "Doctored image" - load of rubbish. It was two tweets which together demonstrated that the point being made was accurate.

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    1. ....and of course Mark. You fail to emphasise the potentially huge importance of Rowling's involvement.

      Her association with, possibly a pseudonymous journalist who tweets in less than a politically correct manner, is potential dynamite.

      Her holier than though morality could be damaged considerably if it were found out that she was happy to consort with someone she knew was a journalist, together with other journalists who knew.....and that her part in that association meant her ignorance of,let's say, morally questionable repartee by Spanner.

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    2. Those are a whole lot of assumptions, Chris. 'Possibly' is the word you used. Unless and until credible evidence is shown on here that shows, beyond a reasonable doubt, who Spanner is then all of this is just wild hearsay.

      What happens if it is shown that he is just a punter? A lot of people are going to look veeeeeery silly for all these wild accusations.

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    3. I'm not sure you're listening - no attempt has been made "on here" to establish for certain who he is.

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    4. indeed, all that has been presented is enough information to visit the (now deleted tweet), obtain the list of 8 or so WiFi networks "in the area", each with signal strength and then it's a case of simple triangulation to pinpoint the location that snapshot was taken to within less than 20 metres - even with error taken into account.


      WiFi triangulation is becoming very accurate; google use it for their basic "location services" module on Android phones that don't have the GPS switched on.


      Whilst SSID's are guaranteed to be unique; some of the manufacturers in the list do use unique SSIDs to prevent neighbours accidently using each others networks during setup. The MAC addresses linked to the SSIDs will be worldwide unique - and I imagine that these were presented to the blog owner.


      A simple lookup of 192.com (or any other ID validator) will no doubt produce a list of names and then correlation and elimination can take place.


      Whilst I wouldn't trust WiGLE (one of the SSIDs was actually on the beach) the data can easily be verified by a quick walk round the area with a wardriving app. A group of people doing it and sharing their results would improve the accuracy to less than a few metres from the location where the tweet was tweeted.

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    5. SSID's are *not* guaranteed to be unique (typo) but MACs are unique

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    6. Sorry, Mark, but you left me with no choice but to delete your comment, because from beginning to end it completely misrepresented my statements (unintentionally, I trust). Your claim that I have said or implied that I'm convinced Spanner is McColm is categorically untrue. Try reading what I actually wrote in this blogpost and others - I'm pointing out that there are a hell of a lot of connections and overlaps between McColm and Spanner. There is more than one way of explaining those connections and overlaps, and nothing I've said has excluded any possibility.

      You have also completely misinterpreted the line "but I know that it's true". As should have been blindingly obvious from the context, it had nothing whatever to do with McColm - it simply referred to the evidence that Spanner had posted on Twitter from Ardrossan.

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  39. interesting that the media was so quick to out yes supporters as "abusive cybernats", but not to investigate this. almost as if the media had a vested interest.

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  40. The problem isn't Spanner's unfunny drivel on Twitter. It's the hypocrisy of the media who will piss themselves like excited puppies about "vile cybernats" and politicians who are apparently in cahoots, but are strangely silent on the matter of their beloved JK and other public figures being all pally wally with a self confessed troll (only a shit troll would admit they're trolling). Also strange that nobody in the media is concerned with learning Brian's identity. Must be too close to home eh?

    You can tell from the desperate comments on here that a nerve has been touched.

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  41. Think some people need to get off Twitter and pull their heads out their backsides. If you want meaningful change, get out in your communities and make it happen. If you want to look like a bunch of children, stay at home on your computer trying to work out who some ned with a few thousand followers is.

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    1. So by that standard, the mainstream media looked like a bunch of children when they went to such great lengths to unmask Paco McSheepie, and various other assorted "Cybernats"?

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    2. Nat Attack : Your reply has been deleted. Please read the moderation policy before attempting any further posts of that sort.

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    3. Nat Attack : Another comment deleted. Seriously mate, if you keep breaching the moderation policy, I'll have to keep deleting your comments. My rules are pretty basic and generous by any standards, but I do have rules, and they're there for a good reason.

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  42. Re footballers' birthdays, two of my cousins share their birthday with me, and there are only 12 of us.

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  43. Quite interesting to note the comments on here egging-on the outing of Spanner.

    When I exposed Claire/Mark Robertson I was accused by similar types of people (Nationalists, mainly) as being 'creepy'. They lined up to put the boot in. Funny how those comments are absent here, now that the tables are (apparently) turned.

    Doubtless this is just another coincidence.

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    1. There's one double-standard that you mysteriously haven't mentioned, Mark -

      http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/a-conversation-between-usual-suspects.html

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    2. So, basically, you are a plain, garden variety hypocrite in regard to exposing very unpleasant, abusive internet trolls.

      Your comments are puerile, inconsistent, partial crap.

      Whether you like it or not, Spanner deserves to be ...and undoubtedly will be.....traced, fully identified and exposed as the vicious misogynist he is.

      In this respect, your observations on this matter are about as relevant as a small fart in a large breeze.

      No offence meant, of course.

      Just another Public Service being delivered.

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    3. Mark/Claire Robertson is just a random Twitter zoomer with an online persona/pseudonym. Crime of the century.

      Brian Spanner is a journalist with some friends in very high places who turn a blind eye to his more questionable output, because he's the jester of their little unionist twitter clique and it's all just banter eh?

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    4. Oh, and using publicly available info to stalk someone isn't all that creepy, but sending a private investigator to their door to photograph them and their property and put said photographs online is pretty fucking creepy.

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  44. "similar types of people"

    What does a similar 'type' of person mean?

    Can you point to any named individual who criticised you over Mark Robertson but is applauding the Spanner investigation?

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