Oh how I laughed.
The MP for Skye, Lochaber and Ross is accused of libelling Ollie Taylor by using Twitter to ask if he had a “valid reason” for taking pictures of the Northern Lights in Caithness at the weekend.
He told how Mr Blackford called him yesterday to try to defuse the row, adding: “He’d deliberately stoked the fire then tried to run away.
“He grovelled a bit, even more, so it seemed when I told him lawyers had contacted me.
“We had a small chat about the fact he has distant English ancestry, and I have a mix of Scottish, English and Irish family.”
In Mr Taylor’s letter of claim, his lawyer Charles Holland points out that his client lives in Halkirk, Caithness and is paying council tax.
It also accuses Mr Blackford of behaving in a manner that was “likely to cause serious harm” to Mr Taylor’s reputation by falsely suggesting he had “committed a criminal offence.”
The letter alleges Mr Blackford sought to humiliate and shame the photographer, adding: “My client appears to be the only recipient of a tweet of this nature from you.
“My client and no other person has been selected by you for a public dressing-down.
“This constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment.
“You sought to bully my client in public, and you did so in a fashion that can fairly be described as menacing and sinister.
“Your tweet appears to have been designed to humiliate my client. It was discriminatory.”
SNP MP Ian Blackford is facing legal action after falsely accusing a photographer of breaking lockdown rules.www.pressandjournal.co.uk
The photographer does usually travel a far bit during the course of a year, Iceland, Tenerife, Dolomites are his preferred haunts.
He specialises in photos of stars, planets, and coast lines in dim light so mainly in places with no light pollution. As such Caithness is an ideal base as they hope to finally get electricity some time next year!
His work is very good, https://www.ollietaylorphotography.com/
Blackford, as always is attempting to throw his not inconsiderable weight around.