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  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
It’s caused outrage and anger with many vowing never to purchase the newspaper again. 
 
The image of the Saltire with a Nazi swastika superimposed over the cross of St Andrew is a low point in Scottish journalism.  What it might mean for the readership of Scotland on Sunday and the Scotsman is anyone’s guess.

The editorial from Newsnet Scotland spoke of an image saying a thousand words, and in the case of this image all of them were offensive.

The article in Scotland on Sunday over which the offensive image sits is just as offensive – perhaps even more so, so much so that we won't link to it. 

Support for the SNP is conflated with support for the BNP with the author Dr Gavin Bowd suggesting both parties are part of the same "nationalist family", Scottish nationalists are compared with Moseley’s blackshirts for good measure.

Dr Bowd talks of "anti-English Braveheart hysteria" and adds: "The Scottish electorate now appears more receptive to radical nationalism than Mosley’s blackshirts could ever dream of."

In a few short sentences, Dr Bowd manages to insult and demonise huge swathes of Scottish society and the nation itself. 

In truth though we shouldn’t be surprised at this latest example of Godwin’s Law from those elements of the Scottish establishment who might be better described as Fundamental Unionists.  The demonisation and abuse of Scots who don’t subscribe to the total Unionist view has been going on for years.

There are no depths to which purveyors of this political porn will not sink in order to ensure that victims of this abuse remain in bondage.  Like real world porn where the act of lovemaking is contorted and twisted, political porn ensures real debate is replaced with a grotesque and offensive caricature where stereotype and myth replace real people and fact.

The use of Fascist and Nazi imagery and rhetoric to demonise the independence movement has been part and parcel of Unionist currency for decades.  This latest example is just another manifestation of this fear of change, fear of a rise in confidence and a resurgent growth in Scottish self-esteem.

Indeed so ingrained is this narrative within the Scottish Media branch of this type of Unionism, and indeed wider UK Unionism, that it is deemed perfectly acceptable for reporters and politicians alike to use such terms when describing people, groups and parties within Scotland who do not hold to the total Unionist view.

Scots and Scotland are legitimate targets for ridicule as evidenced by the Skintland map which extrapolated the image of the subsidy junkie Scot.  The BBC gets in on the act with the Scottish Parliament held up to ridicule as the English audience laugh uproariously at subsided Scots and their Mickey Mouse politicians.

BBC presenter Jeremy Paxman compares 'broke' Scotland to Zimbabwe and Alex Salmond to dictator Robert Mugabe ...

... whilst BBC Scotland's Business and Economy Editor Douglas Fraser compares the SNP to a now very well-known dictatorship in North Korea.

The myth of the xenophobic anti-English Scot is promoted on call-in programmes like Call Kaye with the presenter giving out a false interpretation of official statistics to turn the fall in anti-English attacks into a rise.

The political pornography extends to the Westminster Parliament with Scottish Labour MPs denigrating their own countrymen and women.  Labour MP Ian Davidson speaks of Scots celebrating Bannockburn because hundreds of thousands of English people were murdered.

It follows an equally offensive description of the SNP as Neo-Fascists by Mr Davidson and the description of the democratically elected Scottish Government as a “dictatorship” by Labour MP Anas Sarwar.

In the world of the Scottish Unionist, a majority Labour or Tory government in Westminster is presented as strong government and is healthy.  A majority SNP government in Holyrood is a dictatorship and is unhealthy.

The First Minister is compared to Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini in this world of political pornography where Cameron is allowed to use the Olympics to promote Unionism but Salmond is barred from speaking at a rugby match for fear he might promote independence.

It’s the political debate that attacks Alasdair Gray when he seeks to open up a debate into the lack of Scots within Scottish Cultural bodies, but will remain silent when Scottish institutions are ridiculed and traduced.  Challenge the Unionist version of the devolution story and you’ll be likened to holocaust deniers – a variation on the nazi theme.

Scots are fair game in this Unionist orgy.  Our institutions, culture and our democracy are mere collateral damage and there will be more as we head towards September 2014.

But Scotland is changing and like an incoming tide Unionists can do nothing to stop it – they are frustrated, they are angry and they are lashing out.

What we are witnessing is the death of Fundamental Scottish Unionism and these outbursts are its death rattle.

Comments  

 
# Ready to Start 2013-04-07 14:25
Funny how BNP and UKIP support for the Better Together campaign is never mentioned in the anti Scottish independence press and broadcast media.

Regarding non voter Ian Taylor's £500,000 donation to Better Together. As CEO of Vitol plc and close friends of leading Tories he has plenty of questions to answer.

frack-off.org.uk/.../...
 
 
# Alibi8 2013-04-07 14:32
Unfortunately many people with only a slight interest in politcal matters are taken in completely by the stream of lies and distortions. We have an uphill battle to overcome the state-funded propaganda.
 
 
# Will C 2013-04-07 14:40
An excellent piece Mr.Ponsonby I concur with your assessment that the unionist establishment is lashing out and is a sure sign that the union is in its death throes.
 
 
# ExiledStar 2013-04-07 14:57
I couldn't agree more with the piece, but please don't use "porn" as a metaphor. It only normalizes the abuse and degradation of women.

Love, a half-Scottish feminist
 
 
# maisiedotts 2013-04-07 15:41
Oh I don't know :-D

por·nog·ra·phy
[pawr-nog-ruh-fee] Show IPA
noun
obscene writings, drawings, photographs, or the like, especially those having little or no artistic merit.

Love, another half-Scottish feminist x
 
 
# UpSpake 2013-04-07 15:14
The floodgates of agressive propaganda are yet to open. This is but a taster.
 
 
# schawaldowris 2013-04-07 15:16
When political opponents run out of objective criticism they always resort to smear and innuendo.
This is only the begining, you may be sure that the Westminster apologist will adopt the Goebbals propoganda policy. Keep printing lies,somebody will believe it
 
 
# velofello 2013-04-07 15:19
Now then, this is more like it.
If Mark Piggot resolves to up the ante on his rally concerning media bias to theme on political porn, then he might just get the attention of the City of Glasgow's people.
 
 
# cazw 2013-04-07 15:33
I am DISGUSTED at seeing the Scotland on Sunday article and picture.

I am English born, I grew up in England but have always regarded myself as Scottish because of my parentage and the way I was brought up. I chose to live in Scotland almost 20 years ago because it is where I have always felt most at home. I am also an ardent socialist. I speak with an English/Australian accent with a hint of Scots coming through. For the past seven years, I have openly been a supporter of the SNP and independence for Scotland.

Not once during my entire life have I EVER come across ANY anti English feeling or sentiment here in Scotland, or indeed amongst Scots that I've known around the world. This Scotsman article is a TOTAL disgrace which does not reflect the truth in any way or form.
 
 
# Seagetagrip 2013-04-07 15:38
The targeting of the weak, unemployed, and so called benefit scroungers is reminiscent of Germany circa 1933. Those who are accusing the Scottish people of fascism should look towards Westminster and South of England politics. Quite frightening.
 
 
# Macart 2013-04-07 15:43
Utterly vile.

The only people creating right wing social division and stigma are the current leaders of the UK parliament. Their war on the poor and disadvantaged of the UK panders to the lowest common demographic of the right wing media. The most socially progressive party in the UK meanwhile are tarred with press releases such as this. In the past I have posted defensively on behalf of workers and printers within the media industry. With editorial such as the SoS has produced here I am sad to say I'm coming to regret those posts.
 
 
# clootie 2013-04-07 16:54
Macart

Fully agree.

What a low point in the debate.
 
 
# Macart 2013-04-07 20:43
I'm appalled clootie. I've worked twenty three years in print media and I've seen it all; shoddy work, misleading work, deliberately confusing work and downright lies. However to this point in my career I've not seen such deliberately hateful and divisive campaigning as I've seen produced in the past two years and capped by this piece of trash. Deliberate social division sown by one of the most right wing and reactionary UK governments and media in modern history.

Leaves you feeling quite sad, angry and very, very determined.
 
 
# Nautilus 2013-04-07 16:04
Don’t agree with you, Alibi8. These allegations are so vile and twisted that even a political thicko will see them for what they are. Not one of them will stand up to scrutiny, nor will any of the propagators who insult this proud nation in this manner stand up and back up their bile with facts.
I hope that the majority of Scots blood boils at this kind of insult to our nation and rallies more to the cause. We know that it’s lies and we also know that ignorance of Scotland and Scottish attitudes is rife in London and the home counties. Let’s get shot of them.
Vote YES.
 
 
# Davy 2013-04-07 16:30
This fascist bastardisation of Scotlands image just shows the level scottish MSM will go to preserve its unionist agenda.

So if anyone has any doubt of how low the union press will stoop, this image should cure you.

Don't stand back from this type of crap, take them on headfirst again and again and again. This is our country, our flag, our nation they have insulted, dont buy their paper and tell everyone you know, family, workmates, friends how the unionist press treats our country.

Alba Gu Brath, VOTE YES, VOTE SCOTLAND.
 
 
# Tappietourrie 2013-04-07 16:30
I have a sister-in-law who is German and has lived in this country for a number of years. She is entitled to vote in our referendum but because of associating nationalism with what happened in Germany was going to vote ‘No’. I have put the facts before her and pointed out that this is a vote for Independence and has nothing to do with her form of nationalism but to the contrary. I believe she is now convinced that ‘Yes’ is the way forward for Scotland but seeing this sort of nonsense in a national newspaper does not help. The people behind this blatant propaganda are unscrupulous and dredging the depths. This would be banned in Germany and probably open to prosecution. I was a purchaser of SoS but no more.
 
 
# Mad Jock McMad 2013-04-07 16:50
The American's who run the FB page American's for Independence facebook.com/.../... are less than happy as the Scotsman image is a corruption of the image of USN Marines putting the Stars and Stripes on top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945 and the importance the original grainy black and white photo means to the US psyche as a reflection of hope, victory over tyranny and repression, triumph over adversity.

The message of Rutherford's original image and its historical forebarer is the very opposite of the message the Scotsman was pushing about the SNP - down to the use of the racist and perjorative 'Klan'.

I wonder what the Scottish Jewish community are thinking the night before Holocaust Day when one of its Sunday Nationals is publishing tosh like this.
 
 
# pantone300 2013-04-07 17:20
Disgraceful. Just left a comment on the Scotsman/SOS web page for what it's worth. I will not be buying the nasty, slimy little newspapers again. They seem to be catering for an ever-diminishing readership of Tory and UKIP voters.Just the start though, of a whole load of Unionist bile coming our way in the run-up to the referendum from the broadsheets, tabloids and the BBC.
Vote YES for a much, much, better Scotland.
 
 
# BigHeed 2013-04-07 17:33
When we simplify everything down. This is all to do with Scotland wanting to run its own affairs!!!!

Therefore we must be Nazi's for wanting to do so!!! WTF!!!!! This is unbelievable!!! !

CAZW, there are idiots everywhere in the world that judge people with their accents, their ethnic backgrounds, etc......I am happy you have avoided such nonsense and understand that we are just wanting to better our communities and Scottish Society in general with Independence for future generations.

If we do not get a YES vote our country is in deep deep trouble!!!!
 
 
# hetty 2013-04-07 17:39
I know which parties, which PM and MPs' policies and practices scare me, with the rapid and rabid destruction of the NHS and welfare, the demonising of the poor, sick and vulnerable, the forced labour, the sweeping changes made to the actual law re forced labour etc, and all of this while suppressing the ability of the people who are detrimentally affected, to speak out against this inhumane and immoral treatment. We all know who are the right wing of the UK and it's not the SNP. The unionists are quite clearly stooping this low to try to detract from the real issues regarding the CHOICE of the Scottish people to determine their own futures. And for a population to have a choice, was and is much despised by any right wing regime. It's a disgusting image by the SoS and one I hope is never allowed to be printed again. A sad day for newspapers and the mass media as a whole, they have certainly lost the tiny vestige of integrity they may have had left.
 
 
# bodun 2013-04-07 17:45
See the British establishment hit back at the SoS:

'Scotland on Sunday' - pathetic apologist for the Union

bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# Hillside 2013-04-07 18:12
I have long been bemused by some unionists repeated attempts to link Scottish nationalism to fascism.
Every country which fought against fascism in WWII harnessed a sense of patriotism or national pride to help them in their fight. And yet, somehow any Scottish patriotism is linked, not with these nations fighting for their own independence, but rather with the sinister nationalism of the fascist regime.
Even more bizarre is that Dr Bowd and his ilk, in seeking to denigrate Scottish nationalism, completely ignore the fact that unionism is inextricably linked to, not only British nationalism, but with a remnant of imperialism. It is well known that far right groups in the UK adopt the BRITISH flag as their own. It is fact that BRITISH nationalism has fueled support for foreign military adventures such as the Falklands war.
Dr Bowd's assertions are so wide of the mark that they seem to have come, not from diligent academic study, but from an utter hatred of the SNP.
 
 
# wee e 2013-04-07 18:23
Who is this guy anyway?

I thought it was meant to be a story with some sort of academic angle to it, but the only Dr Gavin Bowd that came up on Google is a lecturer at St Andrews who teaches French...!
 
 
# maisiedotts 2013-04-07 19:17
That's him, and he's promoting his Mitchell Library appearance on this very same article (via "Aye Write") at £8 a pop for one hour! He values himself too highly, a shame he hadn't done some broader social research he'd have found so many Scots in the '30's working on estates and living in 'tied housing' for the local Lord (many of whom were Nazi sympathisers) - aye vote how I tell ye or your out of a job and out on the street. Democracy my a*se!
 
 
# alanski 2013-04-07 18:37
After seeing this sick article and photo I sent an email to scotland on sunday to complain but it was immediately rejected by an automatic system. Anyone had a similar experience?
 
 
# Angry_Weegie 2013-04-07 18:50
I find it hard to express how disgusted I am with this appalling article (not without running foul of the moderators). How can a supposedly Scottish newspaper print such rubbish.

For years, I would buy the Scotsman/Herald and Scotland on Sunday/Sunday Herald regularly, as I considered them as the best Scottish "quality" papers.

For the last few years, now retired, I've switched to the internet, and so I've been a spectator to the decine of newspapers I once thought were the best that Scotland could offer.

If these are indeed the best newspapers Scotland can offer, then I despair.
 
 
# williemacewan 2013-04-07 19:47
Sunday Herald is worth a look (but sadly not its daily equivalent)
 
 
# govanite 2013-04-07 19:49
I can't look at that image, it actually makes me tearful to see such a beautiful symbol of resistance to imperialism denigrated. I can't express how much I despise that former institution, so I do the street work with more energy than ever and it is marvellous to see how many folk are eager to read the leaflets.
 
 
# balbeggie 2013-04-07 19:53
Also today the No campaign revealed the names of their top donors. One of them appears to have questions to answer. The piece from the National Collective.

nationalcollective.com/.../...
 
 
# From The Suburbs 2013-04-07 20:14
Ian Taylor can't vote in the referendum but as CEO of Vitol plc has been involved in some very shady dealings.

Also the second largest donor to Bitter together some author called CJ Sansom also lives in England so it seems that two thirds of their funding so far has come from those outside Scotland trying to influence voters in this country.

Did they not listen to David Cameron's excuse for not debating with Alex Salmond .... it should be up to the people IN Scotland to influence the debate.
 
 
# BRL 2013-04-07 22:05
'From The Suburbs 2013-04-07 21:14
Ian Taylor some author called CJ Sansom also lives in England so it seems that two thirds of their funding so far has come from those outside Scotland trying to influence voters in this country.'

I understood that the Electoral Commission was agreed to by both YES and NO campaigns and by both the Scottish and UK Governments to oversee all donations to either of the camps as they made their pitch for the upcoming referendum.

I also took it that the Electoral Commission had imposed rules and limits to prevent this sort of thing that has happened.
 
 
# bringiton 2013-04-07 23:09
It would appear that Ian Taylor has business interests with former Blairite,Brian Wilson in a Harris tweed enterprise.I am sure this is good news for people in Harris but shows how interconnected the Westminster establishment is.
 
 
# samizdat 2013-04-07 19:54
I take it that this is the same Ian Taylor that the Bitter Together have courted to help bankroll them
frack-off.org.uk/.../
itmaynotbeillegalbut.blogspot.co.uk/
telegraph.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# Breeks 2013-04-07 19:56
If you want to hit the Unionists where it hurts, just ask them for the positive case for the Union, and keep asking. Don't be fobbed off with the gripes and whinging.

Whether they have £1 million sponsor to wheel in, or £10 million, it doesn't matter. They can spend all the money, in the one shop if they like, and they can spout filth until the end of never, but it STILL won't provide their campaign with the positive case for a Union between Scotland and England.

They all say there's an overwhelming & positive case for Unionism, and say it ad nauseum, but not one of them can articulate it into words.

We don't need swastikas or Hitler salutes. We all know the campaign of media disinformation & bias would make Josef Goebbels proud, but there's little purchase to be made by saying so.

Personally, I'm happy to concede Better Together their claim on the gutter if that is what they're laying claim to. Have it. Keep it. Stay there.
 
 
# bunter 2013-04-07 19:58
The Unionists and their media pals are attempting to provoke a hothead to do something rather silly to trash the independence campaign I think and let them have ''the ugly face of nationalism'' headlines that they so deperately crave.
It hurts them to see A.S. on the world stage proclaiming that no one has had so much as a nose bleed on Scotlands journey to independence....so far, and be sure there are agents at work to change this fact as we know from history how the British State operates and agitates against any threat.
 
 
# blantyreexile 2013-04-07 20:40
I am not yet convinced of the need for independance, I am still one of the 'don't know's'. However, that SoS front page is an utter disgrace and I hope someone is made to account for printing it.
 
 
# Macart 2013-04-07 21:08
@blantyreexile

I'm not going to even try to convince you of the benefits of voting yes next year. What I will say though is to ignore the UK media and do some research for yourself via the govt own treasury records, GERS, oil company sites, foreign media (see oorsels as ithers see us) and go over the Scottish govt. white paper when it comes out in November.

By all means also check out the respective campaign and blog sites. Check out the tenor of comment and reaction. Then and only then make your own mind up. Don't let anyone tell you our way is the best way because..... Most of us here have come to our conclusions by doing the homework and for many like myself it was quite a shock. You've already seen the level of reporting and commentary from main stream media.

Good luck.
 
 
# Glenbuchat 2013-04-07 21:01
The reaction to the SoS article in some quarters has been nothing short of hysterical. It is high time that we pricked the mythical bubble of Scotland as some bastion of pre-war radicalism where fascist sympathies were never expressed. The SNP in particular have to admit truths from their past, from Young and Donaldson to elements of support for Irish repatriation,ra ther than claiming some unbroken lineage from Red Clydeside.

Those who express faux disgust at a photoshopped image would be well advised to read the actual article.
 
 
# clootie 2013-04-07 21:56
Glenbuchat

Not a past I'm aware of. Are you speaking of the SNP?
 
 
# Hillside 2013-04-07 22:25
Glenbuchat,

Even you must realise that the disgust people are expressing is at the assertion (in the actual article) that the current support for the SNP is in some way linked to fascism. And as for your 'photoshopped image' comments, are you really saying that because it's an edited photo, then anything goes? Try publishing that photo in Germany and see the 'faux disgust' it would generate.
 
 
# Jo Bloggs 2013-04-08 07:19
Hillside

I read the article fully expecting to feel outrage. But what I found was a rather anodyne article about some unpleasant or unwise people in Scotland's past. I didn't see any linkage to the SNP. The comment about more extreme elements within Scotland nowadays being subsumed into the SNP could actually be construed as praise for the work of the SNP in preventing BNP-type politics in Scotland. The stushie seems to me to be much ado about very little.
 
 
# Macart 2013-04-07 22:43
The article? The image, the implication and the editorial intent.

There wasn't a corner of the UK, political party or element of social strata that wasn't touched by the poison of fascism in the 30s and 40s. Then was utterly rejected. The intent of this article however is another animal entirely.

Do you honestly believe it is representative of today's independence movement or the SNP?
 
 
# Mad Jock McMad 2013-04-07 22:50
It is a pity you did not do your research either; Glenbuchat - the only Scottish MP interned for fascist sympathies during the Second War was a Scottish Unionist, the fore runners of the Scottish Conservatives.

Lord Halifax, the Tory Foreign Minister of the day wanted to throw the towel in with Hitler and do a deal so 'Britian' would keep its empire within the new European order. It is well known that Lord Halifax had the backing of his good friend the ex-King Edward the 8th who was shifted to Bermuda to curtail his voiciferous flag waving for Hitler.

The problem with not properly researching the history of the time, rather than believing some puff produced by a lecturer in French, is you leave your own motives wide open to questioning.

This is not any old image the SoS did this to, the original Ian Rutherford image was a homage to the famous picture of US Marines raising the Stars and Stripes on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in 1945.
 
 
# brusque 2013-04-08 09:42
Quoting Glenbuchat:
The reaction to
Those who express faux disgust at a photoshopped image would be well advised to read the actual article.


I take it you would think it a bit of harmless fun if a photograph of yourself, or your family, was photo-shopped - depicting them as KKK members or worse?

I don't find the reactions "hysterical" at all, and can assure you that there is nothing "faux" about my disgust. I read the article from beginning to end, and absolutely nothing contained in it would incline me to believe that there were more than a handful of Fascist "sympathisers" in Scotland;
any more than I believe that Ed Balls is a closet Nazi because he had the poor taste to wear a Nazi Uniform to some Uni Ball years ago.
 
 
# WRH2 2013-04-07 21:03
I'm shocked and disgusted by the article and the picture. After all the flag waving of last summer, how can any newspaper, especially a supposedly Scottish one, think this is OK? I know many other countries do not tolerate abuse of their national flags so why should we? I think those of us who are actively campaigning for a Yes vote should now refuse to let anyone away with unacceptable behaviour such as comparing AS to a dictator, even those who are not SNP members or voters. Point out to them they are insulting everyone in Scotland personally.
 
 
# arch50 2013-04-07 21:16
if you ever doubted how low the uk`s better together would sink well hear it is i was one of the many that voted in the last referendum for independence and where cheated by there lies and deceit so it`s now news to me, we really have to get away from that cesspit and look after our selves
 
 
# Early Ball 2013-04-07 21:49
O.T. Martin Laird just outscored Rory McIlroy to win the Texas Open. Sky commentators a wee bit sick!
 
 
# peter,aberdeenshire 2013-04-07 21:56
blantyreexile I used to think that way until years ago my shift foreman sat me down and gave me a list of reasons Scotland could be independent. Then I began to realise that what I read in the papers did not ring true to what I thought, my conversion to independence was gradual but once I made the decision I know I will never change it and even if Scotland foolishly votes no next year then I will still campaign for Independence. It is the only option for a more equal prosperous Scotland, have a bit of faith in your fellow Scot.
 
 
# Kinloch 2013-04-08 09:46
Well said Peter, your awakening and mine have been along similar lines and I believe many more are embarking on this momentous journey every day.

Vote YES for Scotland.
 
 
# denmylne 2013-04-07 22:01
Scotland’s position in the Union was always a bit of a fudge and it retained a certain amount of separate identity. The reason why these historical anomalies still exist is due to the lack of any democratic or political clarification in the last 300 years. This will also change on 18/09/14. Should a No vote be returned, this will give the tories a mandate to integrate Scotland completely The people of Scotland will no longer be sovereign citizens. They will become subjects along with the rest of Britain. Westminster will rule and the option of being Scottish and British will disappear. Only Britain will remain and British will be the nationality and the name of the country going forward, the notion that Britain is only union will disappear Westminster will have the mandate, from the Scottish people, to abolish all Scottish institutions, Scottish law, Scottish education and indeed any institution in Scotland which exists as a separate institution from the rest of Britain, eg the SSPCA
 
 
# Coolbeans 2013-04-07 22:18
Just a thought, this defilement of the Saltire is bad enough for Scots but what effect is it having on say Polish people who are living in Scotland and will have a vote? Having read the post above about how it affected the German lady its something we cant forget either. I'm sure the majority of people who have chosen to live here haven't come across anything like what that abomination is suggesting but it may have the effect it has been intended for to some degree. Westminster has a rotten agenda and this is just the start. Get your bicycle clips on folks.
 
 
# ButeHouse 2013-04-07 22:42
Desperate times indeed - not for us, for them.

Never have I seen such reckless journalism from the unionists. Never has there been a piece which could damage them as much if not more than us.

When you are birling a two edged sword as sharp as this one around your head you really are in trouble, knowing the damage it can do to both sides.

Obviously their private polls are proving to be even worse than we think they are.

VOTE YES next year.
 
 
# Triangular Ears 2013-04-07 22:57
I posted comments along these lines on WoS, but it's down for maintenance...

Are there grounds for police involvement here? Serious question. If any of us accused somebody of being a fascist or having nazi sympathies, especially on Facebook or similar then, in today's climate, we could expect to get arrested at least, if not prosecuted for grossly offensive communications.

Could SoS be seen to be inciting racial or other hatred with this article and imagery?
 
 
# Will C 2013-04-07 23:38
o/t but important. I have just posted the following on Baxter's Facebook Page. "I have been a fan of Baxter's products since childhood (I am now 58 years of age). My family have always supported Baxter's because the product was good and the company was Scottish. However today, on discovering that Baxter's is providing funds for the Better Together campaign, I write to inform you that my family have decide to boycott your products. It is not a decision that has been taken lightly or orchestrated by the SNP or the YES campaign. It is a family decision taken by a Scots family who have had enough of Westminster interference in the governance of our country. We cannot understand why a company with the pedigree of Baxter's has chosen to fund an organisation which is actively seeking to keep our country chained to corrupt bankers, warmongers and millionaire politicians who attack the poorest in our society with their assault on the Welfare State. Shame on you."
 
 
# Kinloch 2013-04-08 10:06
Well said Will, I just e-mailed Baxters to let them know I agree with the sentiment you articulated here.
 
 
# FREEDOM1 2013-04-08 11:36
Will C - Well said, I also sent an E-mail to condemn them for their decision to back westminster instead of a Sovereign Independent Scotland. Shame on them. I think they are afraid of losing English Tourist trade maybe.
 
 
# Macart 2013-04-08 18:42
Well said and done Will C. These are the people who use their pet media to label us racists, fascists and xenophobes all the while waging war on the poor and disadvantaged of their own shores. Those who support these vile actions need to be made aware that we are deeply unhappy with their support for this governance.
 
 
# cuckooshoe 2013-04-08 00:57
Who would advertise in the Scotsman after this article?
 
 
# Big Eye 2013-04-08 01:21
Just a thought at the outset of the referendum the unionists claimed they were going to reclaim the Saltire from the nationalists.

This must have been their first attempt through Scotland on Sunday.

Like everything else the Bitter Together mob try, they made a massive hash of it!

I cannot remember any newspaper making such a huge mistake before, they re really completely out of touch with what is happening in Scotland today!
 
 
# RaboRuglen 2013-04-08 07:33
Hi there,

Big Eye and cuckooshoe you have hit the nail on the head. It is the newspaper which will reap the intended "rewards" from this, not the "Yes" campaign.

As far as I am concerned they can spout rubbish like this every day of the week. It is so removed from most peoples' experience that it is bound to cause them to reassess at least some of the Bitter Together propaganda.

No good will come to the Unionists' cause through this sort of activity and as an added bonus it will hasten the demise of the Scotsman organisation itself.

Regards,
 
 
# taimoshan 2013-04-08 09:09
Will C - have also emailed Baxters telling them that they have lost another customer and that it is my personal decision (important) Blantyreexile - are you Rab?
 
 
# Edna Caine 2013-04-08 10:22
For the information of those who may decide to follow taimoshan and Will C's example -

"Baxter's" products are not confined to those offered under their name and the myth of the wee wifie churning out millions of gallons of soup from her but and ben. They also include the Simply Delicious range of dips and sauces, Jack Daniels BBQ sauces, Garners's pickles and Fray Bentos.
 
 
# proudscot 2013-04-08 12:22
Glenbuchat, I find your comments only slightly less offensive than the disgraceful distortion of the Saltire and the accompanying "Klan" caption.

My father was one of thousands of military casualties of Hitler's war. He and many others gave their lives fighting the Nazi war machine. My outrage is not "faux" as you allege, but my anger is real, both at this vile excuse for a newspaper and at a supine, insulting unionist like yourself, actually attempting to defend it.
 
 
# Glenbuchat 2013-04-09 19:00
I can assure you that I am far from supine and certainly have no deliberate intention to insult. Thankfully my father survived the war but has been in receipt of a war disabilty pension for the best part of 70 years.

Neither the article or the illustration suggested that that Scots or Nationalists were fascists. Rather the article reminded us all of those Scots who did flirt with fascism and who, for various reasons, we have chosen to forget or, in some instances deny.

I am willing to accept that your anger is not faux but I would suggest that it is misplaced.
 

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