We recently reported that a commentator on the ‘Aye Right’ podcast said that he would ‘happily take out English police officers crossing the border with a high powered rifle’. That person has now been charged by Police Scotland.
The podcast/videocast is hosted by ‘Aye Right Radio’, and say they aim to be “Bringing you the truth about independence”. The video attracted scorn from all sides of the political spectrum, uniting Scottish political figures in opposition to the comments.
After speaking to Chris McCall at the Daily Record (he also reported this story), I was informed by Chris that the man responsible for the remarks has been charged. I then asked Police Scotland for more information on this.
A Police Scotland spokesperson told me:
“A 52-year-old man has been charged in connection with making threatening remarks. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal and enquiries are ongoing.”
A commentator on the ‘Aye Right’ podcast said that ‘there’s going to have to be a confrontation between Scotland and England’ involving the police and also that he would ‘happily take them out with a high powered rifle’ at the border.
The ‘Aye Right’ channel removed the video after we brought attention to it and replaced it with an edited version, however, we have a copy of the original video.
You can view it below. We have re-uploaded it under the purposes of ‘Fair Use’ for the reporting of current news events. The specific section we’ve been made aware of starts at 42 minutes in.
Visible are, from top left clockwise, Jimmy Hutton, Norrie Stewart, Stewart Lochhead and Phil Attridge.
The now charged commentator said that “there’s going to have to be a confrontation between Scotland and England anyway” and he didn’t care if it was violent.
“They’d have to bus up Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Police are basically, having seen them, they’re basically a paramilitary organisation. They’d have to bus them up here to put us back in our box. Frankly, the minute the busses started coming over the border, I’d happily sit there with a high powered rifle and take them out.“
Blair McDougall of Scottish Labour said:
“Events in America show we shrug off this kind of craziness. This is a programme SNP parliamentarians engage with. They should make it clear nobody associated with this should be anywhere near the governing party in the Scottish Parliament.”
SNP sources we spoke to were keen to distance themselves from the remarks, with one describing it as “appalling”.