By Derek Bateman

I was girdin’ masel  for a hurl at Gordon Brown with no little distaste I have to say since I can’t think of the sulking beast of Fife without a sense of dread and longing for a talent so wasted.

So I was pleased enough to be side tracked by the latest attack on my good self in the mainstream media. The latest appears in…can you guess? Yes, the Daily Telegraph which not only omitted the context of my remarks but lifted them straight from Britain’s house magazine of doctrinaire bigotry, the Daily Express.

After the inevitable excoriation from Brian Wilson, these are truly my badges of honour. I must be doing something right.

If you notice, the mainstream barely mentions the lively, insightful pro independence activity on the internet. It is genuinely a phenomenon which is playing a key role in what may be the break up of Britain and yet the organisations we look  to inform us are failing to report them.

They are terrified of the new journalism which exposes them and satirises them and beats them to news. The traditional role of the conventional newspaper and broadcaster is being redrawn from without and there is nothing they can do to stop it.

The objective of the Unionist commentariat is to ignore the pro independence net, don’t bring it to the attention of the dumb voters, don’t give it credence. This proves difficult when some sites make a major impact but is particularly tricky when some like me from their own world joins in. They try to ignore me but with a BBC name, that becomes tricky.

When they worry that someone like me may actually have a degree of influence, it is time to attack which is why Brian Wilson was first to smear me. It’s designed to head people off but of course does the opposite. For me, to be the object of poison from the propagandists is a clear sign of success.

Now he’s been joined by another frothing opponent of self determination, Professor Tom Gallagher, or as Alex Salmond calls him, the Nutty Professor. You can decide for yourself if he’s got a point. But for the record I don’t hate anybody English, I don’t want a border, I welcome all incomers, salute them as adopted Scots and hope they stay and take citizenship.

My enemy is the British state which is currently responsible for a xenophobic platform denigrating Europe, foreigners, Romanians, Bulgarians, asylum seekers and frankly, sometimes Scots too. If you have the stomach for it, read the Telegraph article here.

Then check out what I actually wrote here.  Make up your own mind if the phrases taken out were an attempt unfairly to smear me and my known views.

And if it helps, check out what others say about Tom Gallagher and his motives. This is the Left Review documenting his association with American state interests and how he denigrates Scottish independence.

And these are the people telling us we’re biased…


2014-04-23 07:20

If you don’t get a warm glow from the Telegraph Mr Bateman, you’re not burning it right.
2014-04-24 23:20


2014-04-23 09:44

We used to say “the truth will come out in the end” or in Scots “It’ll aw come oot in the waash”. Nowadays the lie tellers are on a hiding to nothing because the truth comes out within minutes of their lies being published and that can only be a healthy democratic situation.
2014-04-23 10:31

That’s the good thing gandkar – no longer is a lie halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on.
2014-04-23 12:52

I have had the pleasure of meeting Professor Gallacher. He is a genuine fanatic. Reality doesn’t get a look-in. (No idea how he has managed to maintain a senior academic post.)

Never met yourself Derek so cannot comment 😉
2014-04-23 23:59

Always something of a risk to employ irony in pursuit of a point, for it is certain the unscrupulous will look to misuse it to hang you.

Yet the use of the Daily Express as a secondhand source should raise suspicion about the veracity of the citation. Of course no one who takes this stuff seriously cares about the truth of it.

They’re happy to use it as kindling to ignite the passions of the gullible and to justify their own extremism.

The difficulty is that though we own the realm of grassroots new media, they still monopolise the traditional channels of distribution that provide access to the crucial cohort that will decide this referendum, i.e., the unengaged and low-information voters who do not read NNS or WoS or Bateman.

That inequity remains the central critical issue of this campaign.

The NOers control of the press and crucially the BBC, is the only reason they are still in the game.

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