The Week of the Fascist Fonebook (Phascist Phonebook?)

Hi folks! It’s amazing what people get revved up about, isn’t it? This week, a list of contacts has set the blogosphere alight.

Thing is, this is no ordinary contacts list – it’s a list of BNP members, and bloggers being excitable types, quite a few people had something to say. IndyGal weighs up the pros and cons of plastering the details of nearly 13,000 supposed fascist sympathisers online and decides that they should have the courage of their convictions to make their views public anyway. On the other hand, I have a little internal monologue where I conclude that anti-fascist activists may now be as bad as the people they’re campaigning against.

Clairwil is addicted to the list (and looking at BNP members’ hobbies), and concludes that barring a few obvious cases of conflict of interest, it’s not fair for publicised members’ jobs to end up in jeopardy. Neil Craig, meanwhile, sees a hypocrisy at work in the MSM’s reporting of the issue.

However, Kevin Williamson reckons a far more important and powerful figure might have something to say about the controversy, while Davie Hutchison notes that new Edinburgh Councillor Cammy Day has got dragged into matters through his brother!

Staying with the BNP, Ewan Aitken finds himself agreeing with Hazel Blears, arguing that there are communities that feel let down by mainstream parties, and their concerns need to be addressed.

Meanwhile, as bloggers have been going loopy over the list, the MSM appears to have been going, well, ga-ga. Ideas of Civilisation looks at the media’s skewed priorities, Holyrood Patter wonders if the BBC’s supine reaction to Manuelgate and the Strictly Come Dancing saga is a reflection of a post-Hutton lack of confidence at Auntie, while Malc in the Burgh is exasperated at Jim Murphy’s call on Question Time for the Strictly judges to be sacked (they’re the four most entertaining people on television right now!), and Mr. Eugenides rips Robert Kilroy-Silk to shreds, for his attempts to justify prioritising a spell in the jungle for ITV over his mandate as an MEP for the East Midlands. Now, I know people aren’t keen on Strasbourg, but if the I’m A Celebrity set is a more preferable place to spend time then something is seriously wrong.

Staying with the MSM, Richard Thomson looks at the post-switchover options for local broadcasting, while Stewart Kirkpatrick notes that Johnston Press has presided over the number of visitors to being halved.

Back in the (sur)real world, a row over the re-selection of Anne Moffat as MP for East Lothian has led to the Constituency Labour Party being suspended Malc and McChatterer look at the story.

Meanwhile, Jack McConnell’s attendance record at Holyrood since his return to the backbenches has come under scrutiny, and there have been calls for him to quit as MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw: Jeff and Mr. Smith react.

And in Aberdeenshire, Trumpgate has delivered another political casualty: Councillor Debra Storr has quit the LibDem group over its treatment of members who voted against the proposed golf resort. Stephen Glenn and Bernard Salmon come out in defence of Councillor Storr, and wonder what her former colleagues are playing at.

Scottish Tory Boy looks disdainfully at an interview with Lindsay Roy, the new MP for Glenrothes.

While on the lighter side, Tom Harris MP shows that Liam Byrne isn’t the only one to produce moemos on how to work with him…

Northern Ireland comes to people’s attention this week as well: Stephen Glenn notes that an agreement has been reached that would see justice and policing devolved to Stormont, while Tom Harris casts a sceptical eye over the pact between the Tories and the UUP. Here’s my take on the matter.

On ID cards, James and Stephen look at some of the barmier minutiae of the plans.

Robert Sharp has a thoughtful tribute those casualties of wars that it’s easiest to forget.

Niall is exasperated by society’s tendency to demonise young people (try living on my street: I guarantee that after just one week you’ll want anyone under the age of 21 to be burned at the stake).

Calum Cashley takes the Tories for task for referring to an opportunity to score political points while voting against proposals for free school meals.

Neil Craig comes up with ways that Government can beat the Credit Crunch.

Malc is exasperated at the thought of rising train fares, while James criticises the left-wing parties like the SSP and Respect for their opposition to road tolls.

Ideas of Civilisation reflects on negative campaigning.

Bill Cameron hails the incoming US administration’s approach to LGBT equality.

Holyrood Watcher asks why we have a navy if it can’t deal with pirates, while on a related subject Sara refers to Alasdair Allan, who overheard someone complaining about his securing a debate on Gaelic and insisting using the language in the Chamber. The Western Isles MSP lamented, “They said, ‘There’s a debate next week on sailing. Should we all speak like pirates?’ ” Yes. Yes, they should.

And finally, Tom Harris reckons that the commercialisation of Christmas has gone too far.

So that’s your lot for this week. As always you can nominate posts for inclusion next week by e-mailing or by filling out the shamblidoobydoo on the right. Bye-de-bye!


  1. “Alasdair Allan, who overheard someone complaining about his securing a debate on Gaelic and insisting using the language in the Chamber”

    I did find that a trifle strange, I think there were a few others speaking gaelic in that debate. Ill be waiting for an FOI request or a PQ on the cost of translation for that debate.

    As for speaking like pirates, this weeks events have thrown all my childlike assumptions into jeapordy…