Stephen Daisley has tried to make it clear that he prided himself on attempting to remain neutral in his articles:
I prided myself on being a critic of all sides, rebuking Jeremy Corbyn for associating with anti-Semites and David Cameron for pandering to anti-immigrant prejudices. I took the SNP to task for tolerating cybernat extremism but praised Nicola Sturgeon for her leadership abilities. I gave the Unionist parties credit for delivering The Vow but hauled them over the coals for stopping short of the “modern form of home rule” they promised.Stephen Dailsley's articles earned him a great deal of respect and he'd had reports that his work had been praised during STV board meetings.
But as I grew more sceptical of independence and began to question if it was just souped-up nationalism I found myself a target for the SNP’s cybernats.STV had a meeting with MPs at Westminster in the spring of 2016. Stephen Daisley was informed by somebody at this meeeting that John Nicolson and Pete Wishart effectively "hijacked" this meeting and and launced an "ugly" denunciation of Stephen Daisley.
Stephen Daisley describes Pete Wishart as:
Wishart, a walking snarl, is the former keyboard player in Runrig whose greatest achievement as an MP is being the former keyboard player in Runrig.Stephen goes on to say that Wishart began "hectoring" STV about him and before long Nicolson (who sits on the powerful Westminster media committee) began to join in.
I couldn’t believe this was happening. Two SNP MPs had used the bully pulpit of Twitter to lean on STV and STV had caved.Read Stephen Daisley's article here