Joan McAlpine like many within the SNP stripe that dominates Scottish blogging are reflecting today on the second assassination of an SNP blogger within a week. Rumours abound that the Scottish news media are involved in a conspiracy to discredit the SNP, well I'm not convinced. On the most basic level the SNP are the government and I wonder why it comes as a surprise to their supporters that they attract bigger headlines than the opposition - wasn't it ever this way? There is more to it than that however - and it's a much more fundamental problem for the SNP.
The outing of Mike Russell's Constituency Office Manager today in the Herald and Scotsman is a very different story from that of Wardog last week. As I noted in this previous post, in response to a comment left on another blog, there is now a clamour within the grubby grasping mainstream media to "challenge bloggers" - irrespective of party allegiances, and their action today confirms this - so why the apparent focus on the SNP?
It may be in search of cheap column inches, as I believe it was in Wardog's case, but this week there was a scalp worth collecting and differs little from the Damien McBride affair in substance as far as the Scottish news media are concerned. The SNP blogging community are all too often quick to smear other bloggers, the mainstream media, politicians - in fact anybody who raises their head above the parapet and dares utter a supportive opinion on the "United Kingdom", an epithet so despised by nationalists. This aggressive stance makes them high visibility "easy targets" for our moribund press.
The SNP lack political ideology, they are a single-issue party whose members and supporters come from a range of political philosophies, with one thing in common; the false constructs of "nationhood" & "ethnicity" often drawn from greed, self interest or a belief in some bizarre form of geographically endowed superiority. All concepts which have been, and will continue to be, at the root of much of the death and disaster throughout mankind's shabby tenure on this planet. Their disparate, and often desperate, grass root support are a band of voices who will brook no dissent on the Independence question and are extremely effective at garnering animosity in equal amounts to their own from those whom they alienate; perhaps that is in the nature of those who can believe in an illogical "superiority" philosophy - could it be that in their hearts the SNP supporters see the flaws and feel compelled to scream more loudly to compensate? That noise-level alone will ensure that SNP blogs will be the Scottish news media's targets of choice, it's not their flawed ideology but its delivery - their press a mirror image of their own intolerance.
It's the patron saint of Scotland's "day" tomorrow and the SNP will release a document on how they intend to forge a Scottish national identity. Well I have news for you Mr Salmond - as far as I'm concerned nationalism is a forgery - as for geographical saints and medieval god-bothering? ...don't get me started