SNP drops foul­mouth ranter

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH — Lyal Duff

A COUN­CIL elec­tion can­di­date who made dozens of of­fen­sive re­marks about Jews, Mus­lims, im­mi­grants, women and ho­mo­sex­u­als, has re­signed from the Scot­tish Na­tional Party.

Lyall Duff re­peat­edly posted com­ments on­line at­tack­ing peo­ple from all back­grounds and re­li­gions, and on top­ics in­clud­ing foot­ball, guns, ter­ror at­tacks, dis­abil­i­ties and il­le­gal car re­pairs.

He had been due to stand as an SNP can­di­date for elec­tion to North L a n a r k s h i r e Coun­cil in next month’s elec­tion. Be­fore his res­ig­na­tion, the party had launched a dis­ci­plinary in­ves­ti­ga­tion and sus­pended him, but bal­lot pa­pers have al­ready been printed, mean­ing Mr Duff will still ap­pear as an SNP can­di­date when vot­ers en­ter polling sta­tions.

Among his on­line rants, most posted us­ing an alias, Mr Duff wrote: “Kick ev­ery Jew out and send them back to Is­rael with­out tanks, f*** them too, give them back what’s theirs, f*** all.”

Mr Duff, who runs a garage in Mother­well, also wrote about “Yids ver­sus Rag­heads and Gaza”, and added: “Yid ladies were al­ways fit although the yid men wore them silly wee ‘hats’ that made them look al­most rag­head.”

He claimed Is­rael had used the 9/11 at­tacks as “cover to in­vade and steal more land”.

Mr Duff also threat­ened to in­flict a “life­long dis­abil­ity” on the step­fa­ther of his grand­child, said Ed­in­burgh should be “fenced off then burnt”, and claimed gay peo­ple in Glas­gow “ain’t daft enough to come oot the cup­board”. An SNP spokesman had said the re­marks were “to­tally un­ac­cept­able”.

On his blog, Mr Duff said he was sorry for “any em­bar­rass­ment or dis­com­fort caused by my i nf l a mma­tory lan­guage and ex­ple­tives used. I do re­alise why the SNP sus­pended my mem­ber­ship and sup­port them in that decision and look for­ward to my en­quiry. I will stand by their judg­ment.”

Jim Mur­phy, Labour MP for East Ren­frew­shire, was among those who had called on the SNP to sack Mr Duff.

Mr Mur­phy said: “I’m glad this man has stood down be­cause his views are hor­ri­ble.

“I want to know how he be­came so se­nior in the SNP and how he was able to be­come a can­di­date.”

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