The “Calmangate” story just keeps getting stranger and stranger. A few hours after our piece earlier today noting that the Scotsman had overwritten their article alleging the comedian had suffered death threats and a “barrage of abuse” with a completely new one, a version of the original reappeared at its original address.
Its temporary absence was (ostensibly) explained by a post in the comments:
“Required for legal reasons”? Hmm, let’s see.
We’ve had a look at both versions, and as far as we can see they’re identical up to the end of the main text. All that’s missing from the republished version are two passages entirely made up of quotes. Here’s what’s been removed:
‘I’m convinced it means I’m doing the right thing’
SUSAN Calman hit back over the abuse about her appearance on the News Quiz in her blog. Among her comments were:
“Turns out a lot of people got really angry about what I said. Turns out I’m edgier than I thought I was.
“I’ve been told that someone has written a blog which is pretty abusive towards me after my performance.
“I haven’t looked for it, and won’t. It’s not worth it. Sadly for those abusing me I’ve had much worse in my time. Try growing up gay in Glasgow in the 1980s.
“Scottish people are meant to have a tremendous sense of humour. We do. Except when it comes to the referendum it seems. I learnt so much about politics through comedy when I was growing up, and I think it’s crucial that comedy plays it’s part in the process that’s happening now.
“No-one ever says that English comedians shouldn’t be negative about English politicians. There would be little comedy left if that was the case.
“Why should there be a reverence towards any politicians in Scotland? Labour, SNP, Tory, Green whoever. All should be open to lampoon. That’s what satire does. And when satire is done well it’s because there’s something there to laugh at.
“I will keep talking about Scottish Politics. I’ll keep laughing about Scottish Politics. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not disappointed that people are being horrific towards me. Of course I am. But I’m also pretty convinced it means I’m doing the right thing.”
What she said on the show
“Initially Alex Salmond said, ‘It is definitely the euro. It is going to be totally the euro.’ And then Europe said ‘naw’ and then he said, ‘It is totally the pound. It is going to be the pound.’ But this wee Osborne and Danny Alexander – flying in like a ginger Supergran – said, ‘Naw, you’re not getting the pound.’ And Alex was like: ‘Haud on, what if we want the pound?’.”
“The problem is that whenever Conservative ministers tell us about independence, to some Scottish people it sounds like the teacher in Charlie Brown – just going wah…wah…wah.”
“It is really difficult because with things getting a bit closer, we kind of need to know what’s happening if people do vote for independence. At the moment, it is just two people shouting, ‘Aye, we will have it’ and someone going ‘No, we won’t’.”
(Asked which way she would be voting)
“Oh, gosh! No, there is nothing that could cause me grief about saying if I was pro or anti-independence in Scotland just now. No, it is very much a light-hearted discussion.
“The thing is, what I would say is that I think English people are lovely… What’s going to happen? They are not going to build a border. We are going to keep the pound. We will still have the Royal Family, so I am not sure what’s going on. It seems to me that’s kind of what’s happening just now.”
“It is just like Take That when Robbie left. It all fell apart… think on.”
One of those two sections comprises quotes from Ms Calman’s own blog about the incident, which (at the time of writing) is still online. The other is a partial transcript of the most recent episode of The News Quiz on which Ms Calman appeared, which (again, at the time of writing) is also still online – including the comments in question, which appear in the first few minutes.
Since both sets of quotes are still fully in the public domain, we’re absolutely mystified as to how the Scotsman could possibly have been required to remove them “for legal reasons”. Perhaps someone could enlighten us.
We still really like Miles Jupp, if that’s at all relevant to anything.