Every rock that we look under near Labour’s newest Westminster candidate Kathy Wiles – who thinks that 7-year-olds taking part in a peaceful Yes protest are akin to the Hitler Youth, and that “most” SNP voters are benefit scroungers – sees lots more nasty little cockroaches skittering out and running from the sudden influx of light.
But despite setting a high bar with the comments above, Ms Wiles keeps clearing it.
An alert reader highlighted just a couple of choice extracts from the above Facebook comments by Ms Wiles last year on the official “Better Together” page. The bottom one appears to suggest that all SNP members are racists, and also intriguingly hints at a return to 19th-century rules which stipulated that property ownership should be the determining factor in having the vote.
The previous day’s comment, however, is rather more disturbing. Ms Wiles seems to be raising a complaint that non-ethnic Scottish residents (as opposed to “born Scots”) are to be given a vote in the referendum, and that they might be able as a result to “disenfranchise me form [sic] my nationality forever”.
We’ll leave aside the fact that there is no danger whatsoever of Ms Wiles losing her nationality – we presume she means “British” – as the Scottish and UK governments agree that current British citizens in Scotland, and their current and future children, will retain dual nationality in the event of a Yes vote.
Instead, we’ll content ourselves with pondering what sort of “internationalist” it is that thinks “born Scots with Scottish property” who live abroad should take precedence over people who actually live in Scotland when it comes to the Scottish electoral franchise, because of their ethnic origin.
Evidently it’s the same sort that feels able to brand small children as Nazis because they have fun at a peaceful protest about media bias, and which merrily tosses the label “racist” at other people just because they vote for a different political party to the one she supports (in another post on the same page Ms Wiles claims that “many SNP supporters would like to see a pogrom of the English”), but we’re having trouble finding that definition in any dictionary.
All we’re sure about is that she’ll fit right in with the party that hates “foreigners”.