Yesterday we had the revelation that Merlin McMurdo was once a UKIP candidate. That explains why he has a link to the former UKIP member and Holocaust denier, Alistair McConnachie and his website A Force For Good, telling us all how wonderful the UK is. Apparently the UK gives us all 'one big home' we can call our own and we should all work together, not be separate etc. The same arguments could be made for the EU but probably there are too many foreigners involved!
Which brings me to McMurdo's comments today about UKIP. He elaborates on his own candidacy; he stood for both Holyrood and Westminster. Obviously he did well! His main theme, however, is his annoyance at UKIP being branded a racist party. Maybe he's unaware but there's another UKIP councillor been suspended in England after the discovery of racist and homophobic rants on Twitter. He's been suspended - just five days after being elected!
McMurdo contends that the party is 'brutal and swift' in dealing with anyone that 'shows the propensity for racial or religious extremism.' Really? To the rest of us UKIP only seems to deal with such characters when they're caught out! Even then, they're not that great at dealing with things. What about the comments made by Der Fuhrer, Nigel Farage, that you'd be better with Germans living next door rather than Romanians? And what about the revelations in England that people are voting for UKIP precisely because it's viewed as a racist party? The comments that McMurdo allows on his blog clearly shows that the same is probably true in Scotland.
Next up for debate is some old nutjob called Pastor James McConnell, who has stirred up a fuss by saying that Islam is the work of the devil etc etc. There's nothing new in this kind of thing. Some of the Protestant clergy in Northern Ireland are stuck in a timewarp, thinking they're still in the 17th Century preaching about hellfire and brimstone to make their Elect congregations feel smug and self-satisfied. This is the modern world, however, and such pronouncements don't go unnoticed by others on this planet.
McMurdo stands up for the old fool, saying he's a 'man of God'. He also questions Martin McGuinness's involvement in the row, saying that he's trying to get old Jeremiah into trouble! He goes on 'The irony of Martin McGuinness having a go at anybody for racial and religious intolerance will not escape my readers.' Eh? He's lost me there. Oh, wait, I forgot, anybody that doesn't agree with the outdated supremacist views of 'Gods chosen' is a racist and a bigot. McGuinness is in good company since this mob sees Nelson Mandela and the PLO in exactly the same light.
McMurdo even supports old Jeremiah's assertion that Islam is a 'heathen' religion. But, then, to Reformed Protestants everybody outside their circle is a heathen and is predestined to burn in Hell just so their God can get his kicks. If anything, it's Reformed Protestantism that's the 'heathen' religion, believing as it does in a cruel, capricious God that wouldn't look out of place in Greek, Roman or Norse mythology.
'I think the whole issue of intolerance has become politicised and has been hijacked by people with very dodgy agendas of their own. As we all know, the real agenda of political correctness is to obliterate British values and culture,' McMurdo opines. What reactionary right-wingers like him fail to realise is that what they term 'political correctness' the rest of us see as common human decency. If 'British values and culture' have things wrong with them are we supposed to just cling onto them out of some slavish devotion to the past? For McMurdo and his supporters the answer would be a resounding 'Yes'.
An article today in the Daily Record had The Peeppul fuming. It seems Celtic is now 37th in the top 50 brands in world football. There are many comments that have disappeared on the DR so I take it the Bisto Kids have been on gnashing their toothless gums together and falling foul of the moderator for inappropriate language. According to the financial group that presented these findings it'll take Bisto FC the best part of ten years to catch up with Celtic. That's a helluva long road they're coming down!
Lastly, while working on my book I've been looking again at the First Tier Tax Tribunal and Lord Nimmo-Smith's report. Everybody's probably already thought of this but if those EBTs are counted as actual loans to be paid back, shouldn't BDO be looking into getting that cash back for the creditors instead of wasting time investigating Craig Whyte? It looks like it's another Duff and Phelps job; pissing about doing nothing while the creditors can go to hell. This must be another one of those records The Peeppul are so fond of: the first time that administrators and liquidators have refused point-blank to act in the interests of the creditors!
"Woe unto thee O Britain! Thou hast allowed heathen Muslims, Fenians, poofs, darkies, chinkies, spics, dagoes, wops, frogs, gyppos and all manner of foreign scum into thy bosom. Vote UKIP and get rid of them. Oh, and by the way, I'm not a racist. It's that fucking fenian, taig bog-trotter McGuinness that's the racist!"