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Comment posted SNP need to back off the ‘Anti-Scottish’ tactic by Anne Baird.

Your response is curious. Why would you doubt what I wrote? Have I come across as a liar before?

Tommy Sheridan stood in Pollok constituency. Pollokshields is a couple of miles from Pollok and Pollokshaws is a mile or so from both. Pollok Country Park touches the edges of all three. Check it on a map if you’re anxious.

And yes I did read the rest of the threads. I just wasn’t much concerned about the blethering. I only commented because I see the potential for people that I regard as an intrinsic part of the Scottish fabric to be alienated or made fearful and I think people need to think about that before they go chucking names about.

Anne Baird also commented

  • And I’d suggest he’s never been in the same room as Alex Salmond. Love him or loathe him, he’s the furthest thing from Captain Mainwaring as it’s possible to get.

    Gus’ identification with Lance-Corporal Jones is interesting though and his more frequent cry was “DON’T PANIC!” whilst revolving with his rifle pointed at the various members of the cast. Which neatly describes this thread really …

  • In the eighties I campaigned for the SNP in Pollokshields in Glasgow which has a high percentage of asians in the population. After knocking a dozen or so doors I became perturbed about the look of fear on some of the faces who answered those doors. Eventually I found a feisty woman who was quick to tell me that the Labour party had told her the SNP was the Scottish branch of the BNP. She took it from my wordless tears that frightening people had been the last thing on my mind.

    For that reason I object strongly to any hint of a connection between the SNP and the BNP. The SNP I’ve been in for thirty years has members from many nations including England and the chances of it becoming racist are about the same as it becoming unionist. It may be fair comment that the silly season has broken out with the whole name calling thing, but linking it to the nastier brands of nationalism has real consequences that we should ALL take care to avoid.

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    Jim Sillars received messages indicating some glee on the death of his wife and saying that arrangements were being made for him to join her. Pretty sickening, but Jim continued to campaign.

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