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SNP MSP tells Rees-Mogg: ‘You will undoubtedly rot in hell’


It’s difficult to keep up with James Dornan these days. Whether it’s accusing Lothian Buses of discriminating against Catholics or failing to release information that exonerated Rangers football club, the gaffe-prone Glasweigan has earned himself earned the reputation of being a one man wrecking ball to harmonious community relations. 

Not for nothing has Steerpike christened him the ‘Hate-Finder General.’ But now it seems Dornan has been spreading his own brand of hate, judging by a tweet he sent yesterday to Jacob Rees-Mogg who tweeted his support of the Borders Bill to tackle small boat Channel crossings. Unsurprisingly the SNP MSP has now chosen to lock his Twitter account after screenshots circulated of the diatribe Dornan directed at the Tory MP:

Hope you remember this the next time you go to confession. You and your cronies are already responsible for the deaths of thousands and you’re now happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and drown. If your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell.

Given Rees-Mogg is a well-known practising Catholic, Steerpike wonders how such pejorative talk about ‘your god’ can be squared with Dornan’s professed concern about anti-Catholic prejudice in Glasgow. Mr S cannot recall seeing one sitting parliamentarian wishing such curses on another for quite some time.


Hopefully Dornan’s own colleague and former Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf can advise him as to whether such comments would fall foul of the latter’s recently-passed Hate Crime law. So much for that ‘inclusive nationalism’ eh?

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