The news, plastered over various outlets today, that His Most Britannic Knight of the Realm Sir Chris Hoy has been subjected to vile abuse by those Evil Cybernats is only worthy of comment because a false allegation of cybernat abuse is what got me started on this blogging lark.
Why anyone should give a tuppenny toot what someone whose only claim to fame is the ability to ride a bike round an oval very fast thinks about Scotland's future governance escapes me. However, we have the Daily Mail to thank for actually producing some evidence this time, unlike the utterly contrived Susan Calman abuse and death threats tosh.
I'm sure Sir Chris was horrified and felt abused, and irony is just a ferric adjective. While we redefine what may be characterised as "FOUL ABUSE" (I imagine a single mum might have some thoughts on what constitutes Daily Mail foul abuse), it's worth noting how one-sided this Cybernat Abuse Terror Panic Scare is. The fact that pro-indy comic Frankie Boyle, whose purported address had previously been published with an invitation for Cyberbrits to go round and give him a kicking, was again having to call the police was barely reported.
See also: Wings Over Scotland - The Triple Standard.
Fortunately we have historical precedent to fall back on. I was minded of this when the Calman tosh first reared its head and it can be awkward to find all the episodes on YouTube. As a public service, I give you, all in the one place and necessarily in the right order, the chronicle of the terror that gripped Victorian Britain that was:
The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town
By Spike Milligan and a Gentleman.
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