Nigel Farage was recently set upon by Scottish nationalists who serenaded him with offensive, racist chants which included ‘you can stick your Union Jack up your a***’ and ‘go back to England, you’re not welcome here’.
He said they were Fascist scum…not far wrong there.
Alex Salmond, instead of distancing himself from this rabble of extremists practically aligned himself with them…and denounced Farage as having ‘lost the plot’ and went further saying …’ it would be a “great mistake” to take “somebody of that mentality with any degree of seriousness“. An SNP spokesman added this….”Nothing he says can be treated with a shred of credibility and his partners in the No campaign should be embarrassed about his behaviour.”
The BBC are not much interested in looking at Scottish nationalism in light of Farage’s comments and addressing it in the same tone they treat UKIP in regard to their immigration policies.
The BBC seem to have forgotten this report of theirs from 1999:
In an interview with the Sunday Herald newspaper, Glasgow-born Connolly said:
“It’s entirely their fault (the SNP), this new racism in Scotland, this anti-Englishness….there’s a viciousness to it now that I really loathe and it is their fault entirely.”
Nigel Farage of course put the phone down on the BBC in a subsequent interview (in side box)when he felt they were insulting him…it was verging on aggressive at times….The BBC haven’t forgotten that.
In that interview Farage said:
‘If this is the face of Scottish nationalism it’s a pretty ugly picture.’
The BBC interviewer from ‘Good Morning Scotland’ retorted:
‘This is a hugely objectionable point you are making…suggesting that anti-English racism is somehow conflated with the campaign for a yes vote.’
As you can see from Billy Connolly’s remarks and those of others quoted here the BBC’s belief that linking the SNP’s campaign to the rise in extremist and racist politics is wrong is misguided.
Later on in the interview the BBC interviewer said:
‘The overwhelming message from yesterday’s event [the attack on Farage] seems to be that your political philosophy is an alien political philosophy’.
That seems a strange choice of word…’Alien‘….as in ‘Foreign, English and unwanted’ no doubt….backing up Farage’s point really….and did that extremist rabble really represent the ‘overwhelming message’ that the Scots want to present to the world?
The Commentator brings us this BBC interview with UKIP’s Godfrey Bloom,MEP, in which the BBC assassinates Farage’s character….they essentially accuse him of being a drunk and smoking too much….drinking and smoking to such excess that it effects his judgment.
I wonder how much all those drugs that BBC staff consume effects their judgement?
Drink, drugs and bullying: BBC forced to reveal its disciplinary record
In what way did the BBC accuse him of losing his judgement? (suspiciously similar line to that of the SNP)….The interviewer accused him of having blamed the SNP itself for the attack on him, and went on to say:
‘It’s a matter of Farage’s judgement being in question….he works very hard, perhaps it’s tellng on him…perhaps he smokes and drinks too much as well….is his lifestyle taking its toll because of his judgment’
A pretty cheap line of questioning, a ‘trick‘ designed to undermine his credibility and reputation.
That line presupposes a couple of things…one that Farage’s judgement is in any way faulty and second that the Scottish nationalists weren’t as Farage described them, ‘Fascist scum’, and that the machinations of the SNP in rousing nationalist fervour didn’t play its part.
It also presupposes that he did blame the SNP….which this BBC report denies:
‘Mr Farage did not suggest this was anything to do with the SNP as a party’.
Personally I’m with Billy Connolly on this one…and so is Scottish composer James MacMillan:
‘Alex Salmond is exploiting Scotland’s reservoir of anti-Englishness. Don’t be surprised if it overflows’
And the Telegraph:
‘The persistent contempt for the English emanating from Mr Salmond and the SNP partly explains why so many English people want to sever ties with Scotland.’
Farage quite rightly points out the BBC’s hypocrisy….(and of course in the interview we had the obligatory mention of the BNP alongside UKIP)….
“If anybody from UKIP says anything on Facebook that is in any way homophobic or mildly racist you guys jump down my throat and demand I condemn them and expel them from the party, which of course I do. It is about time Scottish nationalism was put under the same level of scrutiny.”
A survey says many people in Scotland believe that an anti-English feeling exists north of the border.
The opinion poll for the Daily Record newspaper found that 66% of those questioned agreed with the statement: “Many people in Scotland are anti-English.”
The findings were published a day after comedian Billy Connolly accused the Scottish National Party of stirring up “new racism” in Scotland.