As a number of you have spotted, there's been a little flurry of below the line comments on another pro-indy blog attacking me and Scot Goes Pop. The trigger for it was a lengthy comment from an individual who was formerly a prolific commenter here. It contains a number of lies (I was going to call them "half-truths", but let's call a spade a spade - they're fully intended to mislead). However, I'm not particularly worried about that - most people have long since clocked that he's a longwinded blagger who frequently contradicts himself. What puzzles me more are some of the comments from others - for example, this one from "Tatu3"...
"Glad to see you here. I used to enjoy reading your comments on the other site, but gave up reading him just before the election when he sadly turned against the SNP and, I believe, independence."
It's debatable whether it can be reasonably said that I "turned against the SNP", given that I voted SNP on the constituency ballot in May and strongly urged my readers to do the same - even though that meant parting company with one or two other pro-Alba bloggers who advocated a more irresponsible course. But the idea that I've turned against independence is just bonkers beyond all belief. The whole point of backing Alba was to press for greater urgency on independence, and indeed just for any movement towards independence at all.
Presumably what this is about is a conflation of the independence cause with the SNP - if you give anything less than wholehearted support to the latter, you must be attacking the former, even though there's considerable doubt over whether the SNP are actually serious about pursuing independence in the coming parliamentary term. However, if someone can come up with a more rational justification for the claim that "Scot Goes Pop has turned against independence", I'm all ears. I'm happy to receive submissions of 500 word essays on the subject - the best will be published (with a response from me, needless to say!). Overly imaginative winter sport enthusiasts who think I'm an agent of the British state need not apply.
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