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I'm not going to give these people the publicity they clearly crave by linking to their poisonous words, but those of you who think it's acceptable to use someone's death to rake over old coals or score cheap political points - Salmond, Oakeshott and (inevitably) Öpik among them - need to take a good long look at yourselves.

A man has died. Even if he wasn't the much-loved person he clearly was, even if everyone hated him, it is not appropriate to use a person's death for your own ends, even if you think those ends are the noblest ends there are. When someone has just passed you need to leave some time for people to process it before you start making snide little asides or even blatantly laying into them. As [personal profile] matgb just said to me, they could leave it till tomorrow. Or even the afternoon.

And finally, if your comments lead people to say things like this:
...it's maybe a sign that you do the classless thing a bit too often. Grow up and let people grieve before you loose your poison on the world. Thank you.

ETA: this post from Dr Nerdlove has some good advice for you guys and your ilk.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 10:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
Missed what Salmond said, but Oakeshott and Opik are horrible.

When Nigel Farage and George Galloway manage to behave considerably better…

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 10:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
I thought that was a comment from months ago, not today? If not, yeah, horrible.

I prefer Sturgeon's comment.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nickbarlow
My thinking for the ghouls is that when even Alistair Campbell is doing a better job of mourning a man than you are, you really need to take a look at yourself.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 10:32 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clanwilliam
Campbell's piece got me too. A beautiful tribute to a lovely man.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 12:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
Campbell's post choked me up. He (Campbell) is an odd one. In many ways I think his influence on politics was pernicious, but he can be very perceptive. And I've got to like him for his willingness to be open about his mental health.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
Sturgeon claimed him for an SNP-Scotland too, but far more subtly and without setting out to cause offence.
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Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 02:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sir_guinglain
I'm sorry that you have had to say that to someone. I wish people had more sense. Charles Kennedy's conduct shows that he did and I wish he was around to speak for a more inclusive politics.

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