Linda McFarlane says:
4 December, 2022 at 11:20 am
We all know who are the trolls on here, Stu deals with them.
No he doesn’t, and when he gets called out on his claims to do so he goes silent. Every. Single. Time.
More importantly he doesn’t stifle debate. That’s why I’ve been here since 2013. I’ve learned a lot in that time, not just from Stu, but also from the great debates on here.
There’s a difference between “debate”, “freedom of speech” and all the other phrases that give the Guardian reading/Waitrose shopping classes ASMR tingles, and outright wilful negligence.
Like some lazy primary school teacher bleating platitudes about allowing the little treasures to “express themselves” to excuse her class resembling an episode of Gordon Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen, you can only use that excuse so many times.
It’s beyond belief that Stu rants and raves about those proffering pie-in-the-sky “quick fixes to indy”, them gives them carte blanche to advertise the very madness he claims to refute on a daily basis, which they do so over and over and over again (“Scots are sovereign! Claim of right! Quack quack quack quack quack!”) in the hope that by rote repetition they’ll get people to swallow it – never mind letting Gregor run riot to pepper every back post with a zillion links to anti-semitic, anti-Vax, anti-Remotely Anything To Do With Sanity websites that even David Icke would regard as wired to the moon. Anyone would think Gregor was doing it on purpose in order to discredit the site’s owner …
More to the point, Stu allows those defending HIS viewpoint to be subjected to not merely the sort of abuse that would get you permabanned from 99% of the web, but indirect threats to be made to family members on top. That it comes from keyboard warriors who would NEVER have the guts to say boo to a goose outside of the confines of their internet access is all well and good, but all the same it’s long past the time Stu grew out of his “remote guru preaching wisdom from his unreachable mountain top” persona and took some responsibility for HIS website.
You’re not a bloody Skyrim Greybeard, Stu – adult up and do what Iain Lawson and all the other indy bloggers manage to do without a litany of “the dog ate it miss” feeble excuses for perpetual inertia.