Rummaging deeper and deeper brought me to this idiot who is apparently (his site says) "Hailed by the Sunday Herald as 'Scotland's main public intellectual'" Well, I've never heard of him.
I could put myself up as "Hailed by ASH and Don Shenker as evil personified, complete with red eyes, breath that could curdle milk and a little bit of Hellfire between his teeth" and who could call me a liar? ASH have certainly heard of me. Hello, hello out there. Yes, I see you. But back to our esteemed Great Thinker who describes himself thus:
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas.
So am I. I have a proper job too. And yet, in discussing the top five Scottish blogs, he has only this to say:
The Scottish blogosphere is a small world reflecting the scale of the Scottish political community, shaped by the main political parties and their hangers-on. Iain Dale recently did his top Scottish political blogs (3) and his top five read:
- Tom Harris
- SNP Tactical Voting
- Underdogs Bite Upwards
- Mr. Eugenides
- Two Doctors
Partisan party commentary? Did he read further than Tom Harris's blog? Perhaps he had a quick look in on SNP Tactical Voting but then again, maybe he decided from the title. The Scottish blogosphere contains a lot more than just political blogs, too. I don't think he realises that. That's why he hasn't found any of my other incarnations.
I'm not a member of any party. Never have been. Most likely, never will be. The only party I've come even close to joining is the Libertarian party and I haven't done so. Parties have rules. I'd only end up breaking them and getting thrown out. Besides, I think I can promote libertarian ideas more effectively as an independent with no affiliations and no binding loyalties. I don't say, write or do anything at the behest of any party or group. I say, write and do what I believe in. Oh, and the ASH monitor might like to pass on to the Dreadful Arnott the news that nobody pays me. While you're at it, tell her she's fat and smells like antique Camembert. Trust me, it's an old Etruscan compliment and she'll be delighted.
Most of the rest of the site is well thought out and all of it is well written, without the overplaying of corporate-speak that so many 'intellectuals' indulge in to make themselves seem clever. I don't agree with his politics but he seems to be, on the whole, intelligent.
However, the 'cybernats' of which he speaks don't exist. Any SNP-supporting blog is dubbed 'cybernat' and treated as though they are something Dr. Who needs to deal with. They are just blogs. Read them or don't read them. No blog has 'influence' online, no blog can insinuate itself into your browser and force you to read it. Not until I work out how to put subliminal frames into Yahoo, anyway. That would be pointless too. I'd be better putting those frames into EastEnders.
He has clearly read the first, and maybe skimmed the second of the five blogs he dismisses as 'partisan party politics' because the next three are not.
Partisan party politics. I have never been so insulted since I had five Emails in a day trying to sell me Viagra.