It is relevant to note that the Scottish Review provides no facility for comment on its articles. Something that will surely sit well with journalists who suppose themselves to have a divinely-ordained right to pontificate with impunity.
Perhaps if Mr Roy were not so preoccupied with wallowing in his contrived sense of grievance he would be able to see the media-generated hysteria about “cybernat abuse” for what it truly is – a form of intimidation. The endless flaunting of theatrically righteous indignation and the deluge of partial, pious condemnation is no more than the British media using its power as a tool of the British establishment to bludgeon into silence those who challenge the inaccuracies, distortions and downright lies which they promulgate.
It’s possible that if Mr Roy were not so intent upon casting himself in the role of heroic victim of unjust persecution he might just see that the wilfully one-sided railing against online abuse is a kind of censorship. The British media assumes the role of sole arbiter of what is permissible for the purpose of narrowing the debate to the extent that even fully justified criticism of the media is excluded.
At the very least, it is hoped that the threat of being labelled a “cybernat” will make people prone to self-censorship. The threat of a week-long tirade of vilification in the Daily Record might make any but the most determined champion of truth shy away from condemning some blatant lie or vicious smear that the paper has published.
If Mr Roy was not content to sit proud and prideful in his citadel of self-regard, he might get close enough to reality to discover that this “cybernat abuse” about which he obsesses is almost entirely mythical. It is no more than a noxious fog generated by British nationalists to disguise and distract from their inability to honestly counter the arguments of the independence movement.
When someone of Kenneth Roy’s undoubted intellectual acumen descends to inanities such as “Miss Sturgeon’s one-party state” then he forfeits any right to demand respect. By his own choice, he puts himself among the ranks of the mindless British nationalist fanatics who lack the capacity to see the idiocy of such remarks.
Kenneth Roy will, of course, insist that anybody so much as referring to this abysmal stupidity is guilty of “vile abuse”. He will seek to divert attention from his own prejudice-driven foolishness by bawling piteously about how awful it is of some “cybernat” to draw attention to his gaffe. In doing so, he will provide the perfect example of the true nefarious purpose behind the media’s “cybernat abuse” hysteria.
I am not given to self-censorship. I will not be intimidated by the media bullies. I’ll not shrink from telling it like it is.
KENNETH ROY IS A FUCKING BLADDER!