SNP minister’s ‘rot in hell’ tweet to Jacob Rees-Mogg reported to standards watchdog

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The Standards Commission for Scotland has received a report over the post from James Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart. The Member of Scottish Parliament responded to a video of Mr Rees-Mogg, a practising Catholic, visiting the UK Border Force National Command Centre, ahead of a new borders bill.

Mr Rees-Mogg quote-retweeted his own video with the caption: “The bands of blighters bringing illegal entrants to Blighty will be broken up by this brilliant borders bill.”

His comments were in reference to the Conservative’s Nationality and Borders Bill, which will see increased prison sentences for those trafficking illegal immigrants and increased powers for Border Force.

Mr Dornan said in response: “Hope you remember this the next time you go to confession.

“You and your cronies are already responsible for the deaths of thousands and you’re now happy to see the most desperate people in the world suffer and drown …

“If your god exists you will undoubtedly rot in hell.”

Since then, Mr Dornan has restricted his Twitter account to followers only.

Scottish Conservative chief whip Stephen Kerr MSP called for an immediate apology from the SNP member.

He said: “These comments from James Dornan were poisonous and beyond the pale.

“He is well known for his outbursts on Twitter but this vitriol simply has no place in respectful political debate.

“Fresh from his fake claims about Lothian Buses discriminating against Catholics, this gaffe-prone MSP has once again shown his nasty side and shamefully brought religion into his anger at a fellow elected representative.”

Continuing his remarks, Mr Kerr suggested Mr Dornan “wasn’t interested in adhering to the MSPs’ Code of Conduct when posting this reply”.

He added: “James Dornan must urgently apologise for this wholly unacceptable and abusive behaviour immediately.”

An SNP spokesman said of the matter: “The Scottish Tories’ desperation to pass judgment on a tweet while utterly failing to condemn the immigration regime of their bosses in the Westminster government speaks volumes.

“While some people appear determined to be offended regardless of what SNP politicians say, there are fewer things more offensive than a policy which threatens to jail desperate refugees for the crime of trying to save their own lives – and the lives of their infant children – and it is essential such callous policies are called out.”


Last month Mr Dornan apologised after falsely suggesting that an Edinburgh bus company Lothian Buses discriminated against Catholics.

Mr Dornan said at the time: “For clarification purposes I want make it clear that I am aware that Lothian Bus went on to have further changes to their service routes as the campaign against the attacks on buses progressed.

“My speech was meant to highlight how a section of community can be almost invisible when decisions, including corporate, are made.

“I never at any stage meant to imply that Lothian Buses or their staff were by this action anti-Irish or anti-Catholic. For that I do sincerely apologise.” has contacted the Standards Commission for Scotland for comment.

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