During this Scottish independence campaign I have been lucky to be invited to two speeches by Labour MP Gordon Brown.
I can honestly say, they have been highlights for me.
One was in the Saltmarket attended by hundreds and the other at the Chris Hoy Velodrome, both in Glasgow.
I went to the first one out of curiosity and was really impressed by his speech and more importantly his knowledge of the Labour movement. When I had the opportunity to attend the Chris Hoy Velodrome speech by special invite, I knew it would be both interesting and excellent.
I wasn’t disappointed.
In politics, people who step onto the political battle field can expect to take flak, but there is a point that people shouldn’t go beyond.
People’s families are off limits.
You will remember I said that a rather nasty vile clique surrounds the leadership of the Scottish National Party.
Enter Matthew Landsburgh connected to Scottish National Party, but he isn’t just a member, he is a staff member of Dundee SNP.
He is an SNP parliamentary intern.
Landsburgh was also an NHS Tayside board member who has now resigned over an incredibly offensive message about Gordon Brown on Twitter.
The tweet made reference to Mr Brown’s late daughter, and said the former Prime Minister had “lied” about the NHS.
Having a go at someone’s innocent child is bad enough, having a go using and knowing they are dead is beyond the pale.
As Euan McColm said in reply to Landburgh’s comment:
“That’ a fucking despicable thing to say”
I told many people that something had gone seriously wrong in Nationalism in Scotland and in particular in the Scottish National Party.
The SNP is run as a vile nasty clique for the benefit of the few at the expense of the many.
Landsburgh’s account that posted the abuse on Twitter has since been deleted.
And in full SNP damage limitation mode, Landsburgh has also quit as his role in the SNP’s Dundee office.
He said in a statement:
“I offer an unreserved apology for the tweet and to Gordon Brown and his family. It was totally inappropriate and I have resigned from NHS Tayside and my part-time employment as a parliamentary intern with immediate effect.”
This is what the Scottish National Party is in reality; this is the Yes Generation, the new future of Scotland under the SNP.
A country of Us and Them!
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said:
“The comments posted by non-executive member of Tayside NHS Board, Mr Matthew Landsburgh, were his personal views. NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson is extremely upset and disappointed by these unacceptable comments. Mr Landsburgh has apologised for his actions and tendered his resignation from NHS Tayside Board, which Mr Watson has accepted with immediate effect.”
Who do I blame?
I blame Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, they have spent decades fostering hate and grievance to a point that their people cannot not just tell right from wrong, they can’t recognise what it means to be decent.
Politicians and political activists expect people to have a go at them, that is part and parcel of politics, but you don’t target people’s families, you don’t ever target their children.
If Matthew Landsburgh is still an SNP member then he should be immediately expelled.
Not on the basis of damage limitation but on the basis he has no business in political life of Scotland, now or in the future.
Finally before and after Labour MP Jim Murphy was attacked, I said things were going to get worse and worse.
George Laird right again.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University