Marcus Brigstocke’s views on Scottish independence quickly descended into a volatile, full-scale row over the weekend, during which he was accused of racism.
The English comedian approached the subject slowly at first.
Commenting on the debate over Scotland’s EU membership, and just a day after Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond accused the three main UK parties of “bluff, bluster and bullying” over their opposition to a currency union with an independent Scotland, he tweeted:
“Without full clarification on the pound, EU membership, oil rights etc how the hell are Scottish voters supposed to decide how to vote?”
Taking particular offense to the last tweet, Brigstocke soon came under fire from angry Scots and Englishmen alike, some of whom seemed as riled by the 'King of Scotland' Big Society commentator being from an English background as they were by his perhaps inflammatory William Wallace reference.
So his timeline started to look a bit like this:
As the stream of posts he received overflowed, he decided to conclude the argument with the following:
The result? An endless barrage of abuse, that at best spawned accusations of racism, and at worst was blatantly racist. These are no-where near the worst of them, but they are some of the few publishable ones:
He ended his own comment on the row with the following:
The referendum on Scottish independence will be held on 18 September.
Voters will be asked the Yes/No question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Chancellor George Osborne said in a statement made in Edinburgh on Thursday: “If Scotland walks away from the UK, it walks away from the UK pound.”
The Scottish government are arguing that keeping the pound and the Bank of England services as part of a currency union under independence would make sense for both Scotland and the UK at large.
But Osbourne, Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls and Liberal Democrat Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said they could not recommend the plan.
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