SNP’S Ian Blackford has apologised for grilling an English photographer he wrongly thought had breached a journey ban.
Ollie Taylor tweeted an unimaginable snap of the Northern Lights over Caithness yesterday.
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Ian Blackford apologised after calling out an English photographer for being in ScotlandCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
However this afternoon, Blackford – the SNP’s chief at Westminster – shared the put up, in search of a “legitimate motive” why the photographer was within the north of Scotland.
He mentioned: “As you reside within the south of England and journey to Scotland is just for permitted causes I’m positive there will probably be a sound motive as to why you’re posting a photograph from the north of Scotland final night time?”
The MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, 59, got here beneath fireplace for publicly quizzing Taylor about probably breaking lockdown restrictions after quote tweeting the image to his near-100,000 followers.
The SNP Westminster chief deleted this tweet after it was identified that the snapper now lived within the Highlands
Some social media customers accused him of “bullying” the photographer.
After being advised the snapper had moved to Scotland in September, Blackford deleted the tweet.
In a brand new put up, he advised followers he feels “very strongly” about individuals breaking journey guidelines.
However he admitted he was “incorrect to question a person on Twitter” – and apologised to Taylor.
Blackford wrote: “Because the native MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber I do know my constituents really feel very strongly in regards to the breaking of journey restrictions that we see throughout the highlands and islands, which places individuals’s lives and our public companies in danger
“I’ll proceed to face up for my constituents who ceaselessly increase these issues with me however I recognise that it was incorrect to question a person on Twitter and I apologise to @OllieTPhoto for my earlier put up, which I’ve deleted.”
However some on Twitter have been lower than impressed together with his apology, blasting Blackford for posting earlier than he had all of the details – whereas others drew comparisons with Margaret Ferrier, who had the whip suspended by Blackford for her ill-fated coronavirus journey from Glasgow to London and again.
One wrote: “Who do you assume you’re, making a pile on a member of the general public who was sharing an awesome picture?”
One other mentioned: “Perhaps do your homework subsequent time fairly than shoot your bolt so quick.”
A 3rd mentioned: “The man has relocated to Scotland, if he’d executed a bit extra analysis he’d have seen that.”
One in every of Blackford’s constituents agreed together with his MP’s stance on breaking journey guidelines, however mentioned: “Beginning random social media pile-ons with none information of their private state of affairs is simply utterly wrongheaded and counterproductive.”
And one other branded his authentic tweet a “disgraceful factor to say,” however added: “Respect for the apology.”
Others additionally praised Blackford for realising his mistake and providing an apology.
One mentioned: “Kudos to you for apologising. If the particular person concerned accepts, then, case closed and transfer on. Everyone has tousled on Twitter no less than as soon as.”
One other replied: “We’re all human and all of us make errors.”
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