There was an interesting little exchange on Twitter yesterday. The easiest way to get into it is to view the series of tweets involved. That’ll make for a messy read but bear with me.
It started with a tweet from the excellent Stephen Daisley, who tweets as @JournoStephen Digital Political Correspondent at @STVNews. As you can see he was retweeting two messages from John Nicolson SNP MP
Daisley’s tweet drew forth the following response from Nicolson
then from Daisley
and from Nicolson
Silence (probably wisely) from Daisley so Nicolson has another go
When he retweeted this Daisley added the cheery ‘Hi again.’ Which as far as I can see (this being relevant as you’ll learn shortly) is where the exchange ended.
I came in rather late to all this but added
which depending on your point of view is either a statement of the bleeding obvious or an unwarranted slur on a noble and upstanding politician.
Of course, in one sense this was no more than a minor Twitter spat. But just cast your eye over the Nicolson contributions. It starts with that casual accusation that Labour did not care for the people of Scotland and many Labour politicians put self over constituency and country. As you’ll see I responded with an ironic ‘Nice,’ but part of me wanted to ask if people like Nicolson ever go on holiday (it’s the parliamentary recess people).
After that initial sally, Nicolson gets into his stride with his, to me, veiled threats of ‘are you working or not?’ and ‘are you editorialising?’ It’s a veiled threat because Nicolson is himself an ex-journalist
(his Twitter profile) and would choose his words very carefully. He could have responded with a joke (very Twitter of course) or he could have written privately to STV if he was really concerned. Best of all he could have just shut up.
All this is of course no more than an example because the SNP trail is littered with frankly dodgy attitudes towards the media, from the demonisation of the BBC specifically and the MSM (mainstream media) generally to Alex Salmond’s behaviour towards journalists during the referendum campaign. It’s important to document even these small indiscretions. They are part of the nationalist psychology of ‘If you’re not with us you’re against us.’ Not healthy at all. Especially where the media are concerned.
By the way, when I went to check John Nicolson’s Twitter timeline I got this
(I took his profile above from somewhere else on Twitter). So there you go. Blocked. The only contact I’m aware of having with Nicolson is in the exchange reported here, and that’s indirect. It did include a tweet from an anonymous (aren’t they always?) supporter of his I haven’t reproduced here who assured me Nicolson was a real journalist (ex-, surely, since he’s a politician now?) and Daisley was a rank amateur by comparison. I think I’ll go with the rank amateur this time.
The new Scotland. Enjoy.
Footnote. If you haven’t seen Stephen Daisley’s work as a commentator I’d recommend it highly. His wit is barbed and he’ll target anyone and anything that deserves it, not just the SNP. There’s a nice recent example here.