Cybernat blogger expelled from SNP over 'anti-Semitic' comments

The owner of the pro-independence 'Grousebeater' blog has been expelled from the SNP over comments regarding Jewish Trade Unionist, Rhea Wolfson, in which he quoted Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

In the post, referring to Hitler's anti-Trade Union policy, Mr. Wardell wrote "Whether or not Wolfson is intellectually aware of Hitler's outlook is unknown, but she certainly knows how to make the most of it.", before later deleting the sentence from his blog.

Ms Wolfson had come under attack from sections of the online pro-independence movement over her work supporting the Glasgow Equal Pay strike over an outstanding legal suit which the city council have so far refused to resolve.

Responding to the SNP's decision on Twitter, Wardell complained of a "clumsy authoritarian solution" by the committee, stating that it was "bereft of decency and dignity".

He also added: "I gave the SNP £1,000 some time ago. I wonder if I should ask for it back? I could do with that money now to help take the wee unionist fascists to court."

He also demanded the SNP's Women's and Equalities Convener, Fiona Robertson stand down from her role over her criticism of his post.

In a response piece to Mr Wardell, Robertson had written:"Just because he wasn’t literally saying ‘I hate Jewish people’ doesn’t mean there isn’t anti-Semitism in his statement. This is the power of dogwhistle statements – the whole point of them is that they seem innocuous, inoffensive to the people who don’t know what they’re looking for."

However, Wardell has claimed this is defamatory, and demanded she resign.

"I call upon Fiona Robertson to step down from her post as Women’s Rights and Equalities Convener. She does not have the acumen or the experience to command the post." added Wardell.

"Her attack on my integrity is both scurrilous and lethal. I regard it as defamation and have reported it as such. Her blog undermined cool logic by all sides, inflaming the issue out of all proportions. She created a false validity where none exists."

An SNP spokesman said: "The decision of the Member Conduct Committee has been reported to Mr Wardell. As he has a right to appeal, we'll make no further comment until the process is complete."

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