Yet again, reports are being made of Scottish nationalists who seem to want the letters ‘SNP’ to be synonymous with ‘intimidation’.
It’s electoral fraud, folks – and also, obviously, a crime of harassment.
The perpetrator in the current case appears to be serial accoster Piers Doughty-Brown, whose misbehaviours have been chronicled in a Torygraph article, and whose tactics can be verified on a YouTube video, attributed to him.
The video was shot by the perpetrator, so there is no way of knowing whether this is mild behaviour for this person.
Yesterday evening, the following tweet appeared on This Writer’s Twitter feed, from a Scottish campaigner for the Labour Party, Kayleigh Quinn: “Just spent another morning being ‘hunted’ (his own word) by Piers Doughty-Brown. This isn’t politics anymore.”
Asked who the self-styled ‘hunter’ was (‘stalker’ would be a more accurate word, perhaps), she elaborated: “A Nat who keeps turning up to our events to shout. He filmed my team in Feb, even when we were talking to voters in their house.”
The responses were almost universally condemnatory. Democratic Scot tweeted: “It IS illegal to follow anyone and place them in distress- why are @policescotland no[t] acting?”
Aric Gilinsky tweeted: “The SNP activists attempting to prove they aren’t British by being as rude as possible are a cancer on Scotland.”
And ‘Queen of the Flumps’ added: “Since when is it alright for anyone to be so aggressive and harassing? Typical #SNP behaviour.”
It is not all right for anyone to harass people like this.
Needless to say, the conversation attracted a nationalist ‘troll’. This one called himself Ian Hardie. At first he justified the harassment by tweeting: “Whoops forgot your party doesn’t like democracy, does it, now run along.”
Then he descended to the abuse for which SNP supporters are justly infamous: “Tick Tock, Tick Tock, End of Labour, Tick Tock… Yer party is all washed up, oh What a Shame… Full of Sh**e as Usual… Unionist Scum.”
What a charming gentleman!
He wasn’t even deterred when ‘Pale Green’ tweeted: “You *do* realise that Nicola Sturgeon wants a ‘Liebour’ government, don’t you?”
It seems clear that these people aren’t going to be deterred from this behaviour unless concerted action is taken.
At risk of opening the floodgates, feel free to send examples of similar harassing behaviour – on the social media and in real life – to this blog. Let’s build up a database of the perpetrators and get something done about this.
Maybe it will also force the SNP itself to acknowledge the atrocious tactics of its adherents.
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