Just to further demonstrate what might be charitably described as a monumental double-standard and/or failure of self-awareness, I received the following email from him this afternoon.
From: Reverend Stuart Campbell
To: James Kelly
Date: 4 Jan 2021, 16:58
Subject-line: You pathetic, snivelling coward
Text: So you're happy to let people defame me with lies but I don't get to reply? What a wretched little c**t you are.
It's been pointed out to me that a highly abusive, unsolicited email of this type is almost certainly against the law in some way, so he should count himself lucky that I'm not going to pursue it. This episode is revealing in more than one way, though, because it also speaks to Stuart's narcissism. What he appears to be angry about is the fact that I've switched on pre-moderation for comments. He just assumed that was about him, in the same way he assumes that everything is about him - but it wasn't. As regular readers know all too well, the comments section of this blog has been plagued by a hardcore troll called "Poppy", and for months now I've been switching pre-moderation on when he's around, and back off again when he disappears for a while. He turned up this morning after a gap of a few days, so I switched pre-moderation on.
Incredible though it may seem, there are some things that happen in this world without being a conspiracy against the Reverend Stuart Campbell.
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UPDATE: Just a quick reply to some of the points that have been made on social media. First of all, yes I'm sure the abusive email genuinely came from Stuart. I was able to check, because he had previously sent me an email in 2012, and it came from the same address.
Obviously Stuart's diehard supporters will always give him a free pass no matter how outrageous his behaviour becomes, so I'm not going to worry too much about them. What troubles me far more, though, are the people who say "James, you and Stuart are both valuable to the Yes movement and this silly squabble needs to stop, we need to bash your two silly heads together". I would just ask those people to take a step back and consider how they'd feel if they received the email that I received from Stuart. Or how they'd feel if a close friend or family member received it. Would they really regard it as just silly knockabout stuff? Just part of a silly squabble?
Or would they not, in fact, regard it as totally unacceptable behaviour? Because, frankly, that was my reaction, and the reaction of the people I showed the email to. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I am not accustomed to receiving emails out of the blue calling me a "wretched little c**t" or a "pathetic snivelling coward", and the day I do become accustomed to that or start to regard it as normal, something will have gone very badly wrong.