Wings Over Scotland is surprised, touched and delighted to have come out on top of the Scot Goes Pop! poll for "Favourite Political Blog" which was conducted over the past week. Having only been running for five months, we're thrilled and proud to have beaten over 50 other blogs to the title, and to be sharing the podium with a pair of quality sites like Lallands Peat Worrier and Bella Caledonia makes the pleasure all the sweeter. Thanks very much to everyone who voted for us, even if it was only as a result of our shameless Twitter plea for support on Saturday morning as we headed neck-and-neck with LPW towards the finishing post.
(In our defence, both they and BC did have a full day's extra voting over us due to the two-part nature of the poll, so we were just levelling the playing field…)
The best thing to come out of the survey, though, was the discovery of a blog we can't believe we weren't aware of before now, and which we're very excited to add to our "Zany Comedy Relief" link section. Councillor Terry Kelly proudly represents the good people of Paisley North West in the name of the Labour Party (having come top of the poll against eight opponents in 2007), and is standing for re-election to the council next month. We wish him the very best of luck in that quest – the independence movement desperately needs men of his calibre in the opposition.
We'll let you enjoy Terry's work for yourself, but in the interests of bloggerly comradeship we will offer him one bit of friendly advice. In a recent post entitled "CAN THE SNP SINK ANY LOWER?", the councillor furiously lambasts now-expelled ex-SNP candidate Lyall Duff over some well-publicised comments. But in doing so, he inexplicably conflates Mr Duff's words with those of a completely different nationalist activist by the name of Tommy Ball, who was recently and rightly condemned for tweeting some inflammatory and offensive attacks on British soldiers.
We're sure Councillor Kelly regrets this unfortunate and plainly defamatory slur against Mr Duff, who had no connection whatsoever to Mr Ball, and is embarrassed by his dreadful error in clumsily fusing the two men into one monstrous cybernat beast. We're equally certain that the countless Labour politicians, activists and journalists who've repeatedly demanded that the SNP leadership takes action against online abuse perpetrated by anonymous rogue nationalists will be swift in their public censure of Mr Kelly and have the offending material promptly removed.
In the anticipation of his fulsome retraction and apology, then, we feel safe and secure in recommending his splendid blog to you without hesitation.