Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Kevin McKenna surfaces again to remind us where his priorities lie

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I haven’t read it. Why the..would I? I have enough worries of my own.

Since his far from-convincing conversion from rabid British Nationalism to support for Scottish independence, many have watched him with a jaundiced eye. I’m taking pills for it.

I haven’t written about him for over a year but it all stands:

McKenna has been very active in the last few days [July 21] with today’s George Robertson/Gandalf-like suggestion, in the Observer, that a ‘dark presence has come to possess this [SNP] party.’ In the same piece we read: ‘Some of their [SNP] candyfloss policies can drive you round the twist.’ Leaving aside McKenna’s own dark presence, there’s some connection between his anger at ‘candyfloss policies’ and his despair in the Herald on the 13th, with ‘SNP diktats.’

These will include the ban on smoking indoors which Reuters have today reported as reducing heart attacks by four times more than in England and the reduced alcohol-related hospital admissions after the introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland.

More darkly, Mckenna’s obsession with the SNP goes back. In the Herald in October 2016, he wrote:

 ‘There is a curiously illiberal and reactionary strain running through its (SNP) core which seems to belie its socialist credentials’

Here were his claims:

  • Named Person Scheme was soundly trashed
  • A Party whose language is a Caledonian version of Orwellian double-speak
  • Army of superannuated advisors
  • Critics howled down and accused of pandering to paedophiles
  • Christian groups jeered and intimidated
  • Encouraged by a bunch of indolent academics {Indolent? Moi? He looks a bit more indolent than I do]

Here are SNP actions he clearly didn’t like:

  • Named Person Scheme
  • Prisoners’ Voting Rights
  • New Women’s Prison
  • Minimum Alcohol Pricing
  • Police Scotland
  • Offensive behaviour at Football Act

I don’t know if the many recent repeated child abuse scandals in the, mostly, Catholic ‘care’ homes or in the, mostly, Celtic boy’s clubs, have moderated his opposition to the Named Person Scheme or if he now wishes we had kept the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, in the wake of last season’s events.

McKenna has considerable previous as an SNP-basher since his supposed and suspicious conversion from a rabid Unionist. Here’s what Bella Caledonia wrote of him before he converted:

‘It’s a piece so loaded with self-loathing, barely recognised inferiorism and desperate, desperate, political emptiness it’s hard to approach, but we really do need to talk about Kevin.’

Oh no we don’t. Not any more.

What does McKenna really believe in? From 2014:

I might be a haphazard Catholic but I still believe in the whole package, even those bits of it that I cheerfully choose to ignore in the trade winds of everyday secular life. I remain within the ambit of the magisterium, as they say. Nor is it because of the recent waves of scandal that have broken on our shores. I may have been vociferous in my criticism of our leadership over some of these issues but, in the midst of it all, I acknowledge that these are only mere human beings and as prone to error as the rest of us. The Faith is eternal, sacred and divine… and unshakeable—except on some Sundays where I’ve lamentably found other things to do.

<b>Should Catholic Newspapers Employ Lapsed Journalists?</b>

So, church leaders who protected paedophiles by just moving them around are ‘mere human beings and as prone to error as the rest of us?’ What a great religion! Do what the F you like and be forgiven?


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