It's true that his own lawyer called him a sex pest and described his behaviour as inappropriate. I also think you're a disgusting individual for defending his behaviour, James. pic.twitter.com/pCUS8rfUHC— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
Lucky you. James does make me angry, for excusing the behaviour of a sex pest, for insisting we welcome creeps and centre their feelings, for the audacity to suggest it's a blunder to do otherwise.— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
I think we should welcome you, Jack, and the irony is I think we genuinely have.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
Who the fuck do you think you are to extend a welcome to me?— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
Ah, how the mask has slipped.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
I was warmly welcomed into the SNP, and into the places I've lived and worked and spent my time since I moved to Scotland.— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
I reject absolutely the welcome of random sex pest apologists.
Didn't you threaten to leave the SNP once? Didn't you suggest it was "transphobic" or some such nonsense? Come to think of it, you *actually left*, didn't you? Apologies if I'm misremembering this, but I don't think I am.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
The party lost my trust last year so I left. The party made sufficient changes to restore my trust so I rejoined. I'm quite motivated to see decent local councillors selected and elected next year.— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
Was your name read out at the NEC and were you banned for two years?— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
You'll need to find someone else to leak NEC proceedings to you, sorry— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021
I'll take that as a no.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
It was. But then 99% of the transphobes left to form Alba.— Jon Smith (@S_U_A_R) June 3, 2021
Alba must be bloody enormous, then, if you're suggesting those people previously dominated the SNP.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 3, 2021
So this is, as far as I can see, a legitimate observation - Jack publicly resigned from the SNP in precisely the same way that the defectors to Alba did, and yet he's been readmitted well within the two year period that he should have been automatically banned for. It seems that different rules apply (or different interpretations of the rules) if your stated reason for resigning was that the SNP weren't taking a sufficiently extreme stance on identity politics.
I must confess I had no idea before this exchange that Jack harboured such bitter hatred towards me on a personal level. I've met him twice in real life at 'separatist dinners' and he seemed very pleasant and friendly. As a result we followed each other on Twitter for a number of years, although he quietly unfollowed me (in fairness he didn't block me) after the 2019 general election. I'm 70-80% sure the reason he did that was a single tweet I posted listing my personal five favourite results from the election, which amounted to aggravated thoughtcrime because Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath was one of them. It wasn't top of the list, I hasten to add - East Dunbartonshire was, but it seems that simply celebrating a pro-independence win is deemed a form of "bigotry" these days. If memory serves me right, Jack had said he would like to campaign for Labour in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, and he also gave a pretty strong indication that he wanted Joanna Cherry to lose her seat - which was even more outrageous, given that Ms Cherry, unlike Neale Hanvey, wasn't suspended from the party, and her only credible challenger was the Tory candidate.
I've belatedly put Jack out of his misery and blocked him, along with a few of his ultra-zealot tag-team chums.