Anti-Independence, anti-SNP and anti-democratic, Scotland in Union‘s undercover letter-writing group, the Geheimnis Schreiben Gruppe or GSG has made it into the Herald letters page with two fine examples of their work.
Allan Sutherland and Jill Stephenson are such regulars in the Herald, Scotsman, P&J and Courier, that we can be sure the editors know fine well they are SiU but welcome their clickbait qualities.
The organised SiU letter-writing team never discloses who they are and in so doing seek to influence journalists and readers against the SNP and the independence movement.
More detail is below, but first the letters:
It’s a cracker! Ruth Davidson waterboarding the FM, Peter Murrell growing a pair [watch-out Stu!] and the SNP sealed in a coffin, in only a few lines! Sutherland’s metaphors are murder!
Seriously though, ‘the end of Nicola Sturgeon?’ Wait for the next opinion poll and see the FM more popular and trusted than in the last one. See the SNP at 60%!
We’ve been here before with Alex Salmond, Derek Mackay and hospital infections, with each followed by polls and a general election where the SNP take all before them, because 95% of the voters are paying little attention to the mainstream media excitement and have such contempt for the Tory and Labour leadership.
It’s long-retired Prof Stephenson, specialist in Nazi Germany, suggesting that ‘Covid rule busting jaunts’ by one MP have prevented media exposures and were welcomed. Really? You think the SNP leadership welcomed an SNP MP undermining the whole Covid strategy?
I wrote in July, to the CE of Scotland in Union to question their anti-democratic practices:
To: Ms Pamela Nash, Chief Executive, Scotland in Union email@example.com
cc: Ms Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Nicola.Sturgeon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Transparency and accuracy in political campaigning
Dear Ms Nash
I write to you as the leader of Scotland’s largest pro-UK campaign group, to seek your help in promoting better political communication, providing members of the electorate with the transparency and accuracy they deserve and thus helping them to make informed decisions. I feel sure that as a former MP and as a democrat, you will agree with me, on the great importance of protecting these central principles of our democratic system.
I note that your group has a fact check system, further suggesting that this matters to you as much as it does to me.
I have two points to make.
Firstly, seeing recent ‘reader’s’ letters in Scottish newspapers and hearing calls to Radio Scotland, from members of your covert writing group, I have been concerned that none have mentioned their membership of Scotland in Union. I hope you will agree that this breaches the trust which members of the electorate should be able to put in all campaigners.
I attach evidence of the existence of this group and its apparent intention to deceive journalists and the public.
Secondly, I have been concerned by the inaccuracy of the content of the letters and statements made recently by Phil Tate, Professor Emerita Gill Stephenson, Allan Sutherland and David Bone. In every case, false statements were made. I won’t distract from the main issue here, lack of transparency, and point to these but suggest that in the interests of the reputation of your group you introduce some editorial control.
Professor John Robertson (rtd)
No answer. Not even an acknowledgement. Rude. Trump is the same.