The tweet below was posted earlier this morning by Conservative councillor for East Renfrewshire Gordon McCaskill. We’ve asked him to clarify what it means, but at the time of writing no response has been forthcoming.
The comment was made in the context of the Sunday Herald reporting that Wings Over Scotland would be registering with the Electoral Commission as a “permitted participant” for the referendum campaign. Among other things, that will mean making our address public on the EC’s register and all campaign literature.
It’s somewhat disturbing that that fact has been the trigger for Cllr McCaskill issuing ominous-sounding warnings about being unable to “hide” from “sound and fury”.
Because if all he means is abuse on the internet, it’s hardly as if we haven’t been enduring that already. We get attacked in unpleasant terms every day, subjected to all manner of insults and smears constantly – some of it from anonymous online nutters, but also in the pages of newspapers. So it would hardly be a new development.
Similarly, the fact that I live in Bath isn’t news either. It’s been openly referenced and discussed in numerous Wings articles, again reported in countless newspapers, and is endlessly used in online attacks. It’s not a secret.
So the only thing that’s changed (and the thing Cllr McCaskill posted the tweet in direct reference to) is that shortly people will, to coin a phrase, know where we live. In that light, his comment appears to have a distinctly sinister tone. We do hope he’ll explain it to us soon, before someone regards it as a veiled instruction.
EDIT 12.00: We have a response.