- Alfie Baron
That's the title of Wings Over Scotland's latest fundraising initiative. You can see it here on the Rev Stu's fundraising platform of choice.
The summary for the fundraising is: "This campaign is to pay the costs of a court case for defamation against Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, for outrageous and offensive falsehoods in a column in the Daily Record newspaper in March this year".
As of 29th July the defamation fund is at £7,405 - exceeding the first road goal of £5,000.
On 28th July the Wings Over Scotland Twitter account tweeted suggesting that the fund was in excess of £14,000.
The row with Kezia Dugdale started after the Wings Over Scotland Twitter account tweeted: "Oliver Mundell is the sort of public speaker that makes you wish his dad had embraced his homosexuality sooner".
The following clip shows Kezia Dugdale mentioning the tweet in the Scottish Parliament. She also states that Stuart Campbell has written, via his lawyer, to her to "demand a £10,000 payment for damage to reputation".
A press clipping on the Wings Over Scotland website seems to suggest that the amount of damages has risen from £10,000 to £25,000 since, in Stuart Campbell's words, Kezia Dugdale "blanked an attempt to settle the matter out of court".
An article on the Wings Over Scotland Website explains the tweet.
It had caused a bit of a kerfuffle at the time, as disastrously stupid people who don’t understand even the most rudimentary operation of the English language pretended to think it was “homophobic”, most of them (one would presume) in an cynical attempt at a smear against myself and this site – something which has happened on a pretty regular basis ever since it appeared – aimed at reducing its readership and influence.
And one might presume that because it’s plainly impossible to construct any rational English interpretation of those words which is fearful of, or prejudiced against, gay people. It’s a satirical criticism of Oliver Mundell’s public speaking skills, made in the context of my live-tweeting the Scottish Conservative conference, where I was saying similar things about almost everyone else on the stage. To the best of my knowledge Oliver Mundell is not gay.
You can read the full article here.