I am technically an old white guy though I do take a suspiciously good tan in the summer and I will not go the way of author Kingsley Amis.
Amis is the classic example of the young lefty atheist who in more affluent, propertied but less-potent, middle and old age, drifted to the right and became a High Anglican conservative.
Perhaps the best Scottish example is Alistair Darling who, of course, came to prefer the word ‘NO’ over all others in 2014:
There is also John Reid, Communist Party, in 1975 with me at Stirling University:
At least they’ve gone off somewhere but writers Iain Macwhirter and Kevin McKenna, are ever-present, embracing a mix of Starmerism, ‘traditional’ Catholic family values and fear of the other, they cannot bear the terribly popular SNP leader or her ministers such as the Justice Minister.
All-too-conveniently, Macwhirter can attempt to undermine the case for independence while still pretending not to have become pro-Union, by blaming the SNP for spoiling his preferred kind of independence. Babies, toys and prams come to mind.
His latest excuse is the Hate Crime Bill which will, he thinks, stop him writing edgy stuff, as if he ever had the wit or the passion to do so.
The Justice Minister was clear:
To those who think they may accidentally somehow fall foul of the law… because they believe sex is immutable, or they believe an adult man cannot become a female or they campaign for the rights of Palestinians… or those that proselytise that same-sex relationships are sinful, none of these people would fall foul of the stirring up of hatred offence for solely stating their belief – even if they did so in a robust manner. Why? Because solely stating any belief, which I accept may be offensive to some, is not breaching the criminal threshold.
Frankie Boyle was not available for comment.
MSPs voted by 82 to 32 to pass the bill. Ruth Davidson voted against it but her Tory colleague Miles Briggs voted for it.
The latest official statistics show Police Scotland recorded 6,448 hate crimes in 2019-20.