Tweet row

Labour call for John Ross to apol­o­gise for com­ment

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The leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has come un­der fire for a tweet he sent on Fri­day night.

Coun­cil­lor John Ross was re­spond­ing to a tweet about com­ments made by Jackie Bail­lie MSP.

He has now been urged to apol­o­gise.

The SNP leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has come un­der fire for a tweet he sent on Fri­day night.

Coun­cil­lor John Ross was re­spond­ing to a tweet about com­ments made by Jackie Bail­lie MSP which sug­gested she was a “proven liar”.

Re­ply­ing, Coun­cil­lor Ross wrote: “Jackie Bail­lie, epit­o­mises every­thing that the labours branch of­fice in Scot­land stands for Awa an bile yer he’d wu­man ye talk pure mince.”

The tweet was im­me­di­ately seized upon by Twit­ter users, with some peo­ple sug­gest­ing it was sex­ist.

One per­son wrote: “Wu­man”... why even bring her gen­der into it? It’s hard enough for “wu­man” to be seen as equals across the board.”

An­other said: “Are you re­ally a coun­cil leader John, you should be ashamed?”

Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North coun­cil­lor Ger­ard Killen called on Coun­cil­lor Ross to apol­o­gise for his com­ments.

He said: “As the leader of one of Scot­land’s largest coun­cils, I’m sure Coun­cil­lor John Ross un­der­stands the re­spon­si­bil­ity he has to lead the way in re­spect­ful de­bate and, on re­flec­tion, will re­alise this com­ment falls short of that stan­dard.”

A spokesman for the Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive group said: “These com­ments are clearly dis­re­spect­ful and fall be­neath the stan­dard peo­ple would ex­pect of the leader of the coun­cil.

“Pol­i­tics has be­come in­creas­ingly di­vi­sive and the sad fact is al­most every­one who stood in re­cent elec­tions ex­pe­ri­enced abu­sive com­ments on so­cial me­dia.

“This puts good peo­ple off tak­ing part in our democ­racy and it is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able.”

Coun­cil­lor Ross was re­fer­ring to com­ments made by Ms Bail­lie on the per­for­mance of the Scot­tish econ­omy.

The Labour mem­ber for Dum­bar­ton said the coun­cil leader “should know bet­ter.”

She added: “Per­sonal abuse should have no place in our po­lit­i­cal de­bate.

“Coun­cil­lor Ross would do well to re­flect on the com­ments of those in his own party – in­clud­ing most re­cently Alyn Smith MEP – who have called for SNP mem­bers to treat peo­ple with de­cency and re­spect, in­clud­ing on so­cial me­dia.”

A spokesman for the SNP group re­fused to com­ment on the lan­guage used in the tweet, but said: “The story Coun­cil­lor Ross was re­fer­ring to was the as­ser­tion that Scot­land’s growth rate - four times the rate of the rest of the UK - was some­how a bad news story.

“The fact is, as a re­sult of ac­tion taken by the SNP in govern­ment, we are see­ing an im­prov­ing pic­ture across the coun­try – the econ­omy is grow­ing, the num­ber of peo­ple in em­ploy­ment is ris­ing and un­em­ploy­ment is at his­toric lows.”

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