Caroline Santos and Sharon McGonigal are UKIP PPCs standing in Argyll & Bute and North Ayshire & Arran respectively. They aim to become MPs.
LiberalIsland is a blogger who does not aim to become an MP.
Remember that for later folks, it’s important.
Even before Santos was named as a PPC, she and LiberalIsland often debated on Twitter about UKIP. This entry however, is about something that has happened since Santos became a PPC. In a nutshell: one of LiberalIsland’s blog entries included a pic of LiberalIsland’s daughter. Caroline Santos saved the picture of LiberalIsland’s daughter – or screenshotted it – and posted it on Twitter. She also linked back to it in later Tweets.
Incidentally, LiberalIsland made that blog entry due to being harrassed by UKIP supporters in the first place! It was a response to UKIP supporters – and indeed, Santos herself – bringing up details of LiberalIsland’s place of work and profession.
Today, things escalated when Santos refused to take down the picture of LiberalIsland’s daughter, despite being asked six times to do so.
Santos also made a crass joke which implied that LiberalIsland’s daughter was somehow being neglected or uncared for. (Find out about Scotland’s Named Person scheme here.)
The other UKIP PPC, Sharon McGonigal (note how she favourited the Named Person Tweet), waded in to defend the indefensible. At one point, she became aggressive.
Gotta love that PPC charm. While LiberalIsland chose to put the picture on WordPress, what sort of a person saves a picture of someone’s family member? And what sort of a person belligerently defends such actions? Would any readers vote for either of these two people?
Now here comes the jaw-dropping part: McGonigal asked Santos to keep the picture of the child and post it again in the future. She even seems to imply that a picture of someone else’s child is now the property of the UK Independence Party!
McGonigal defended Santos’s actions repeatedly over a period of a few hours. (Made all the more baffling given that she recognised that ‘children are off limits’.)
When reading these excuses it may be advisable to bear in mind that, unlike Santos and McGonigal, LiberalIsland is a member of the public and not someone seeking to be elected to public office. Politicians and would-be politicians are held to higher standards than those whom they serve, or aim to serve.
Here’s what’s so laughable about McGonigal. A UKIP PPC is the last person who should be appealing to moral subjectivity. The party is built on black-and-white, simplistic views. They reject cultural relativism. They reframe an utter lack of political nuance as ‘common sense’. Is Sharon McGonigal in the wrong party?
And above all, do either Santos or McGonigal understand the responsiblities involved in running for public office? We think not.