Hardcore nutter collective Scotland In Union are already the de facto unofficial No campaign group for the second independence referendum.
Evidently very well-connected and already flush with cash from sources unknown, the limited company recently raised a reported £300,000 for itself at a “charity” dinner attended by such luminaries of the great and the good as Lord Alistair Darling, Lord Dunlop and (um) Willie Rennie, auctioning off exotic high-end goodies like hunting trips to Africa, polo parties with the Maharajah of Jodhpur and Alpine holidays described in the lavish 60-page auction catalogue as featuring:
“A fabulous chalet and a family home, with six bedrooms sleeping 12, all en suite. Although the chalet does not come with a chalet girl, we will provide one for you.”
(There were also some signed JK Rowling books for the paupers.)
So that’s nice. Extremely wealthy people – just getting into the dinner was £250 – who are doing very well out of the way things are, donating big wads of money to some other people trying to ensure that the rich folk stay that way. No law against it. But just who are the true believers rushing bravely to the defence of the Union’s elites?
The organisation puts on small and secretive speaking events featuring lunatics like Jill Stephenson and Tom Gallagher for elderly audiences of Unionists, and its directors and advisory board include the likes of perpetually-furious social media madcase Neil Lovatt (below left with Archie MacPerson) and all-round nasty piece of work Andrew Skinner (below right, and above cuddling super-rich BBC posh boy Dan Snow).
Skinner is a man who regularly wipes his Twitter history so that no record of his more intemperate and distasteful ragings can be found, unless people have fortuitously had the foresight to take screenshots of them.
(His current account has just 249 tweets on it, none from before this July, despite its ostensibly having been created in January 2011. He’s most noted for the spectacularly unsuccessful anti-SNP tactical voting campaign of the 2015 general election, and for creating a petition to get the Oxford English Dictionary to change the definition of “subsequently” because it contained a usage-example reference to the 1707 Act Of Union which Skinner had misinterpreted to refer to the 2014 referendum. He was also behind highly abusive Facebook pages like the now-deleted “VoteNo2014”.)
Another advisory-board member is Jim Gallagher, a former Whitehall civil servant who was Director Of Research for “Better Together” during the referendum, and appeared in numerous newspapers this week as author of a deranged fantasy piece about how wonderful life would be for Scotland inside a unicorns-and-kittens post-Brexit UK, with no mention made of his positions in either BT or SIU.
But relatively little is known of the group’s “Executive Director”, Alistair Cameron, other than that he successfully menaced a £10,000 charity donation out of troubled Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry with a threat of legal action, after she accidentally confused him with Holocaust-denying super-Unionist loonjob Alistair McConnachie, pictured below. (And despite her deleting the inaccurate tweet within hours and issuing an apology.)
So we thought you might like to hear Cameron’s appearance on Talk Radio today, being very gently interviewed by 1990s Big Breakfast presenter Paul Ross but still managing to sound like an angry man trembling on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Who knew he’d be such a fan of Braveheart, eh?