The Scottish Conservatives have called on Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, to sever links between the SNP and a hate-filled blogger who has called British soldiers in Ireland, ‘legitimate targets’ and denied the holocaust.
Jason Michael McCann, known as ‘Jeggit’, is a prominent independence campaigner who has repeatedly and unashamedly promoted anti-Semitism and praised political violence online.
He is currently followed by a string of SNP MSPs and local branches including MSPs Christina McKelvie, James Dornan, Angus MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper as well as the First Minister’s own SNP branch, Southside Central (Glasgow).
The Children’s Minister, Maree Todd, has already been forced to apologise after sharing a message on twitter calling Mr McCann a ‘great speaker with an important message’.
Mr McCann’s published views include ‘the holocaust was a fiction’, and, after the recent car bombing incident in Londonderry ten days ago, “The British government is trying to reignite a war in the north of Ireland. The British government will do its very best to ignite a war in Scotland. This is what the British government does.”
Mr McCann is due to start a speaking tour of Scotland, starting with an event at Airdrie tonight, Kirkcaldy tomorrow, and then 6 further events around Scotland, culminating on the 22nd March in Stirling.
Edward Mountain, Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands said:
“These views are utterly abhorrent and cannot be excused by the SNP because of his belief in Scottish independence.
“It’s clear that Mr McCann’s views are currently supported by a significant number of SNP MSPs and SNP local branches, despite his obvious anti-semitism and endorsement of political violence.
“Nicola Sturgeon must urgently sever all links between herself, the SNP and this appalling character.
“The First Minister must also ensure that all the events promoting this individual are cancelled, and that the MSPs and her party branches all remove their endorsement.
“If the First Minister fails to condemn this individual’s hate speech, we can only conclude that she, too, endorses it.”
Notes to editors:
This list of events to feature Mr McCann are as follows –
Airdrie 30 January
Kirkcaldy 31 January
6 March Glasgow
8 March Aviemore
9 March Invergordon
12 March Brechin
14 March Perth
22 March Stirling
Mr McCann is followed on twitter by current MSPs Christina McKelvie, James Dornan, Angus MacDonald, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper; current MP Carol Monaghan; former MPs Corri Wilson, Phil Boswell, George Kerevan, Mike Weir, Kirsten Oswald; SNP councillors David Balfour, Michael Cullen, Chris Cunningham, Miche Campbell; SNP branches Southside Central (Glasgow) SNP (the FM’s own), Dumfries East SNP, London SNP, Cunninghame South SNP, Dunfermline SNP, Argyll and Bute SNP, and Clackmannanshire SNP.
A selection of Mr McCann’s views are below –
McCann’s views on anti-semitism - ‘This Holocaust, however, is a fiction. It never happened. It was an invention of the racist State of Israel intended to function as a smokescreen to cover the crimes it had planned to commit..’ (Random Public Journal, 2 April 2018, link).
He claims Israel is perpetuating its own ‘Holocaust’ while using the Nazi Holocaust as a ‘smokescreen’: ‘Right now when we watch children being shot in the head by well-armed Israeli soldiers we realise these too are victims of the Holocaust. These soldiers and the state that sends them are using the Holocaust as a cover for their own crimes. ‘ (Random Public Journal, 2 April 2018, link).
He claims Israel has ‘no right to exist’: ‘The State of Israel has no right to exist!’ (Random Public Journal, 7 November 2018, link).
He calls anti-Semitism ‘the dirty political weapon of our time’: ‘“Antisemitism” has, however, become the dirty political weapon of our time. Everyone who challenges the power of the political establishment or the reigning media status quo is – in order to shut them up – labelled an anti-Semite.’ (Random Public Journal, 9 August 2018, link).
He blogged sympathetically about a car-bombing in Londonderry, saying it ‘makes perfect sense’ and calling Brexit a ‘declaration of war’: ‘The realisation of Brexit is, to the entirety of the Republican united Ireland vision, a de facto declaration of war – or the resumption of hostilities. … Brexit was always making this more likely, and it makes perfect sense for dissidents to strike first.’ (Random Public Journal, 21 January 2019, link).
He refers to Lord Mountbatten’s assassination in a veiled threat to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex: ‘There is no shortage of people on this island – who have the means – who’d like nothing better than to blow them sky high. Harry’s mother’s ex-husband’s grand-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten discovered this to his cost while lobster-potting off the coast of Sligo in 1979.’ (Random Public Journal, 11 July 2018, link).
He has fantasised about ‘a thousand Williams and Kates […] burnt alive’ on hearing of the latter’s pregnancy: ‘All I was capable of thinking, as the newsreader gushed over Kate’s belly, was that I would rather a thousand Williams and Kates were burnt alive rather than those who perished in that tower block not two miles from Kensington Palace.’ (Random Public Journal, 5 September 2017, link).
He threatens a ‘conflagration’ to end austerity: ‘…austerity will end. It will end in one of two ways; either with the British government realising that the writing is on the wall or with the British state being torn limb from limb in a conflagration in which the victims of the state know they are fighting for their very lives.’ (Random Public Journal, 5 June 2018, link).
He calls for action by ‘the ballot box or the pitchfork’: ‘Yes, the people behind the scenes, the unelected moneyed élite of the British establishment, are doing this to us to line their pockets, and yes, the elected government is doing it because they are idiots – spineless idiots. But this is Britain today. This is what we have voted for, and it won’t change until we use the ballot box or the pitchfork to do something else.’ (Random Public Journal, 20 September 2018, link).
He claims independence supporters cannot wear poppies, calling it a ‘bloodied weed’: ‘When I see my fellow Scottish independentistas wearing the poppy I see a contradiction. This bloodied weed is nothing short of “Britain the brand” painted over the bones of its victims, and we Scots have given it enough.’ (Random Public Journal, 6 November 2018, link).
He calls British soldiers of World War I ‘fools’ and delights in ‘[taking] a dump’ on ‘their cheap and meaningless little flower’: ‘People get upset when people like me decide to take a dump on the poppy, but I am long since over giving a rat’s arse about their feelings or their cheap and meaningless little flower. ... Those in the trenches were fools, and they – more than anyone else – knew it. All that their sacrifices and efforts ever amounted to was a cull of the working class in a war that pitted worker against worker.’ (Random Public Journal, 30 October 2017, link).