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A supporter and alleged party organiser of Scotland’s ruling SNP party has resigned his party membership after tweeting that he was not upset at the recent deaths of six British soldiers in Afghanistan because military personnel there were “child killers,” The Telegraph reports.Thomas Ball, who claimed to have been a party organiser in Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s former parliamentary seat, questioned why the deaths were receiving so much media attention.
When angry Twitter users said they had been “fighting for the likes of you,” he responded: “There’s no British soldier fighting for anything I believe in. Bunch of child killers.”
He went on to say that a majority of soldiers were “racist, arrogant, undereducated thugs who join up for the ‘thrill’ of killing humans,” and were “protecting their country by bayoneting 10-year-olds,” in an apparent reference to an incident last year, when Grenadier Guardsman Daniel Crook was dismissed from the Army and jailed for 18 months after stabbing a 10-year-old Afghan boy in his kidneys with a bayonet, according to Express.
Ball has now set his Twitter to private.
Opposition parties expressed their disgust and urged First Minister Alex Salmond to crack down on the SNP “cybernats” or “cyber nationalists,” who are known for relentlessly subjecting their targets to verbal abuse.
“I’ve been to Afghanistan and met our soldiers who selflessly put their lives on the line for our security. They deserve our respect and admiration, not bile and criticism,” said Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader.
Ball, who initially claimed to be an “SNP activist” on his blog, later changed this to read “pro-independence activist” and denied being a member of SNP.
The SNP also condemned Ball’s comments, saying he had no connection to Nicola Sturgeon and that Ball had resigned hours after his Twitter rant.
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