Wings Over Scotland blogger ‘distressed
A blogger who has taken Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale to court docket remains “deeply distressed” through her declare that he despatched a “homophobic” tweet, a court has heard.
His attorney stated it turned into both “untrue and unfair” to describe Wings Over Scotland blogger Stuart Campbell as a homophobe.
But Ms. Dugdale’s QC said the seasoned-independence blogger changed into happy to fire “poisoned arrows at anybody he chooses.”
He stated Mr. Campbell ought to consequently “not whine when an arrow is fired again.”
And he added that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie and Stonewall Scotland director Colin Macfarlane had been among those to have agreed with Ms. Dugdale’s view that Mr. Campbell’s tweet changed into homophobic.
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The legal professional also stated there had been a “simple irony” in Mr. Campbell suing a person else for defamation, given the caustic nature of his blog and tweets.
The exchanges got here as both sides summed up their positions on the 0.33 and final day of the public evidence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Nigel Ross, who has been hearing the case, stated he hoped to deliver his ruling in the next four weeks.
Mr. Campbell is suing former Scottish Labour leader Ms. Dugdale for defamation over a column she wrote inside the Daily Record on March 2017 which referenced his “homophobic tweets” and accused him of spouting “hatred and homophobia towards others” from his Twitter account.
The tweet at the center of the motion become published with the aid of Mr. Campbell all through the Conservative Party conference and stated that Conservative MSP Oliver Mundell “is the type of public speaker that makes you desire his dad had embraced his homosexuality quicker.”
Mr. Campbell, from Bath in Somerset, has denied that it become a homophobic connection with David Mundell being homosexual and has insisted it turned into “satirical grievance” of Oliver Mundell’s public speaking skills.
The blogger’s QC, Craig Sandison, opened by telling the court that Mr. Campbell “is not a homophobe,” and turned into looking for to guard his recognition as someone who has continuously supported the identical treatment of homosexual humans.
He said being accused of homophobia could put a “stain” on someone’s person and decrease them in society’s eyes.
R Sandison instructed the courtroom that his customer “is still deeply distressed through that allegation and by way of the insistence by way of the defender on its reality.”
He acknowledged that Mr. Campbell, who is in search of £25,000 in damages, “is not a polite guy, he doesn’t restrain himself in placing forth his views. He isn’t always circumspect.”
But he argued: “None of those are components of his character he’s in search of to shield by way of this motion.
“What he is looking for to protect is his distinct popularity as a person who has continually supported identical remedy of gay human beings and certainly people typically.