Yesterday I called out Professor John Robertson for essentially fibbing about the results of an opinion poll. He had claimed that the new Survation poll showed the SNP "surging into a 12% lead", when in fact the previous Survation poll had also shown a 12% lead - so it was a static position rather than a surge. Rather comically, he then left comments on my post which more or less admitted he was trying it on, but claimed that it was justified because the unionist media do exactly the same thing all the time. He also encouraged me to join in with the fibs.
I published his first couple of comments, but it then went totally beyond a joke - he started trawling through ancient posts on this blog and leaving infantile insults on them, and predictably he also started lecturing me on his all-time favourite subject of how anyone who doesn't think a man can turn himself into a woman at the stroke of a pen is basically a Nazi. I told him that enough was enough and that he should take his identity politics extremism and his deeply peculiar attitude to the truth elsewhere. Predictably, he's now lashed out with a rant on his own blog, which randomly lumps me in with a "gang" that apparently also includes Robin McAlpine, Craig Murray and - of all people - Stuart Campbell. (I self-evidently have very little in common with Campbell and my views about him are extremely well known, but I certainly have no objection to being compared with Robin McAlpine and Craig Murray - I've often strongly disagreed with them on particular points, but they are both serious and principled people who I very much respect.)
There's remarkably little substance to Robertson's rant - it just seems to amount to "I used to think these people were brill but now I think they're rubbish". It's as if, since retiring from academia, Robertson has reverted to the primary school playground. To the extent that there's anything more specific, it's this -"They were impressive then, but today, all are more bothered by a range of issues including gender recognition reforms, economic policies, the campaign strategy and now leadership election conspiracy theories, than they seem to be about winning independence."
If you want people to respect the integrity of a ballot, the essential first steps are for the ballot to have integrity and to be worthy of respect.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) April 7, 2023