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By Jason Michael
THERE’S NO TWO WAYS about it, Derek Mackay’s behaviour was predatory and disgusting. It was right that he resigned immediately from his ministerial brief and that he was suspended from the Scottish National Party. It can only be hoped he has the good grace and the sense to step down as an MSP, and that the police will launch a thorough investigation into his conduct. Over the past six months, by text and private messages on social media, he harassed a sixteen-year-old child, encouraging the schoolboy to meet him in person, in a series of communications which followed a well-known pattern of sexual grooming. This was not only highly inappropriate for a man of 42 in his position, it is also a serious criminal offence – and yes, it is!
Confusion around the legality of this has arisen due to the fact that the age of consent in Scotland is 16, leading some commenters today to defend his actions. One person responded to me earlier on Twitter saying: ‘Fancying sixteen year old Scots isn’t a crime.’ No, it’s not, but then fancying ten-year-olds isn’t a crime either. The crime is not in the thought. The crime is in the act – and in Mackay’s case its two-fold; the act of grooming a minor for the purposes of sexual exploitation and, had matters progressed to a sex act, sex with a minor. How can this be, when the legal age of consent is 16? Well, in Scotland people under 18 are still considered minors, and even though they are of an age to consent to sex, they are still afforded legal protection from persons in positions of trust.
According to the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, ‘if a person (“A”) who has attained the age of 18 years (a) intentionally engages in sexual activity with or directed towards another person (“B”) who is under 18, and (b) is in a position of trust in relation to B, then A commits an offence, to be known as the offence of the sexual abuse of trust (Part 5, §42)’ – a crime which carries the penalty of up to five years imprisonment and a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum. So, yes, while it is not necessarily illegal for a 42-year-old adult to fancy a 16-year-old or to have sex with someone under 18, it is most definitely illegal for a Scottish government minister. It is also then illegal for him to groom a child for the purposes of sex. Let’s be clear on this. And, besides, the legalities – seriously, no parent is going to be happy with a middle-aged man in bed with their 16-year-old son or daughter.
But – and dispensing with this Mackay character – there is something else here. Whether we like the terminology or not, the SNP is a revolutionary party. It is the largest political party of the Scottish independence movement, a cause and a movement dedicated to Scottish independence qua the destruction of the British state as it is presently constituted. Our independence is not only about us and ‘Scotland’s future.’ Scottish independence is a question of great concern to the architects of the British state in London. It means the end of the British government’s control of Scotland’s vast resources; oil and gas, and all the potential of our renewables. Losing Scotland will significantly and adversely affect Britain’s spending power, its ability to play as it does on the global stage. London does not want to lose Scotland and will do whatever it takes to maintain its grip on us.
The National’s Kirsty Strickland, responding to people online claiming the timing of the Sun’s exposé was political, tweeted: ‘…it’s not the job of journalists or newspapers to break stories at a time that’s politically convenient for government.’ If you are not shocked at her ignorance and naivety, then you should be. This is precisely the job of journalists and newspapers (and television news) in the United Kingdom. Telling the news is merely a secondary function of Britain’s deeply compromised state-aligned media. British Military Intelligence’s involvement in media and the manipulation of civilian populations even earned itself a name in Iraq and Afghanistan – ‘hearts and minds.’ In its three-decade long dirty war in the north of Ireland, the British government authorised MI5 to infiltrate the media, recruit useful journalists as agents and assets, and to commit crimes up to and including murder. When it comes to maintaining the integrity of the state – the union – the British government’s opening move is always ‘hearts and minds;’ the use of the media to control and direct the narrative, to place stories, and to destroy the enemies of the state.
Really?! State actors have always used assets in the press for their political and ideological benefit. What do you… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Jason Michael (@Jeggit) February 06, 2020
Behind this propaganda front, behind the open door between a compromised media and the state security services, is active intelligence – the spooks. Britain makes a habit of knowing its enemies, and the SNP is an enemy of the British state. We know MI5 surveilled and infiltrated groups of environmentalists and tiny Trotskyist political parties. So, to think for a moment the SNP is not under constant and intrusive close surveillance is just plain stupidity. It can be taken for granted that every single text sent by SNP politicians is seen by someone in British Intelligence. These watchmen, these guardians of the state, know every single sexy pic, suggestive text or email, and dinner plan SNP MSPs and MPs have ever sent. That is their job!
It is also their job, from time to time – as the British government requires, to intervene; moving passive surveillance to active involvement. People who become too problematic don’t always need to accidently fall down a flight of stairs eight times or shoot themselves twice in the back of the head and throw the gun away. There’s more than one way to
assassinate deal with a problem. British agents are well-practiced at setting traps, setting people up, stitching them up, and making sure the right journalist in a ‘friendly’ newspaper gets a brown paper package with the evidence. Personally, I doubt this was the case with Mackay. He was a gift to these people. Sleazy morons will be sleazy morons, but he clearly acted as though no one was watching – and that exposes the deeper problem! It reveals an innocence at the top of the SNP that is, quite frankly, dangerous.
Please don’t read from this that I think he should have just been smarter in his grotty antics. No, I am glad the bastard was rumbled. Rather, what this shows is that no one took the time to brief him on his use of online and cellular communications. No one told him his every move was being watched and scrutinised by forces who do not have Scotland’s best interests at heart. What this leads me to suspect is that this prudent and healthy suspicion isn’t a thing in the SNP, that they are really simple – that they assume Britain’s playing fair. Britain is not playing fair!
The Auchenback Anarchist (@BorrheidBurgh) February 06, 2020
This, for me, is an important lesson; that our political leadership urgently needs to stop being so complacent. Not only has the SNP had issues with tackling British propaganda and disinformation, it appears not to have a handle on the basics of the tactics of the British state’s clandestine services. MI5 and GCHQ – the British government’s ‘listening post’ – exist for a reason; paying very close attention to anyone and everyone who might pose a threat to the state and the integrity of the union. In the surveilled state, such as Britain is, there is no such thing as privacy. Big Brother knows who’s naughty and nice. When the moment requires it, it will pass the naughty list on to The Sun, The Herald, The Scotsman, The Daily Record, or report on it themselves on the BBC. It will look down the nice list and start dreaming up ways to frame the innocent.
We are at a critical moment in our journey to independence. More people support independence than don’t, and a campaign, given Brexit and the success of the independence movement on the ground, is likely to increase support. This is our first time at this. We’re newbies and rank amateurs. But this isn’t Britain’s first rodeo, and Britain plays a good game. This is a dangerous time. It is at this point, having lost the propaganda war and with democracy working against it, that the British state begins to use violence – oppressive and eventually repressive violence; destroying reputations and lives, and eventually smashing skulls. Britain has always behaved like this. It is predictable and inevitable. We can’t stop British violence, but we certainly can’t cower from it either. We must go on. We must continue the struggle. But we have to be smart. We must stop being so naïve, and we must stop making things so easy for them.
MI5 operatives trying to recruit a Republican activist at Cairnryan ferry port in Scotland