By a Newsnet reporter
A Scottish Labour MP has caused anger after comparing the independence debate to war and suggesting "wounded" independence supporters should be bayoneted.
Glasgow MP Ian Davidson has been slammed after making the remarks in a debate on the future of Scotland where he claimed the No campaign was certain of victory.

According to the Times newspaper he said of the referendum: "...people have already decided".  The Labour MP is also alleged to have said: "The debate will go on in the sense there is a large number of wounded still to be bayoneted ..."

The remarks were made last month and went unreported.  However alerted to the comments, SNP MSP Linda Fabiani said: "These are extremely distasteful comments.  It shows the deeply negative attitude that is the hallmark of the 'no' campaign."

Quizzed by the Times newspaper, a defiant Davidson stood by his comments and said his belief that success was assured by the No campaign had been reinforced following a win for Labour in the recent council by-election in Govan.

The comments are the latest in a series of controversial remarks by the Labour MP who once threatened a female MP if she revealed details of a Committee Meeting to the media.

In October 2011, Dr Eilidh Whiteford resigned from the Scottish Affairs Committee after Davidson, the MP for Glasgow South West, told the MP that she would be "getting a doing" if details of a private meeting were leaked to the media.

In August last year the Labour MP stunned viewers when he repeatedly harangued and hectored a female TV presenter during an interview on the independence referendum.  Davidson's conduct during the interview on Newsnight Scotland led to calls for an apology after he launched a verbal assault on BBC Scotland's Isabel Fraser.

The aggressive and bullying performance eventually saw Ms Fraser, who described his behaviour as "offensive", ask for an apology from the Labour MP.  However Davidson refused and continued with the verbal tirade.

Earlier this year Davidson offended millions of Scots by accusing them of commemorating the Battle of Bannockburn because hundreds of thousands of English had been murdered.


A controversial figure, Davidson's behaviour has caused outrage on several occasions.

In 2007 he once brought howls of laughter from Labour and Tory MPs when shouting "who cares" when the SNP's Angus Robertson asked a question about Scotland in the Commons chamber.

In 2009, Davidson complained that new expenses rules, brought in after the expenses scandal, would leave him out of pocket.  The Labour MP said that he wished he had a larger mortgage on his London flat so that he could claim more in allowances.

In the four years up to 2007-08 Davidson, who has strong union links, claimed £87,699 – only £30 below the £87,729 maximum allowed. He also used £5,500 of public cash to pay a friend to carry out some renovating work at his flat  – he later took the same friend shooting at an annual Commons v Lords competition.

A keen shooting enthusiast, the Labour MP also once joked that "Come the revolution, riflemen will be required."

In 2011, the Labour MP was urged by his own party to apologise after he described the SNP as "neo-fascist" when speaking in the House of Commons.

Ian Davidson was one of the few Labour MPs who wished to stand for the new Scottish Parliament in 1999.  However he was left disappointed when he was rejected in favour of more suitable candidates.

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# Fungus 2013-10-20 21:54
Come next September when he sees his sinecure vanish, he'll be eating his words big time.
# brusque 2013-10-20 22:09
Mr Davidson is the worst kind of Politician, one who thinks he can say anything and get away with the bulk of Scottish people never hearing his despicable utterings as long as he has the MSM on his side.

I am troubled that he can say something which should be actionable, without censure. Clearly he is amongst people who agree with his comments, which is very hard to swallow when even the most benign comments from an Independence supporter is turned into an opportunity for grand-standing by Unionist politicians.

Should I consider myself under threat of violence if we do not achieve Independence?
# bringiton 2013-10-20 22:14
A bull who carries his own China shop around with him.
Outrageous behaviour from a public figure.
# clootie 2013-10-20 22:25
Little needs to be said of such a person. However the leadership,who by their silence, condone such remarks - that's another thing.
# Marian 2013-10-20 22:35
What an indictment on the thinking within Project Fear this is.

If someone from the SNP had said such an offensive remark the media would have been all over it demanding resignations but alas this is Britain where anything the Project Fear mob says like this goes unreported.
# thejourneyman 2013-10-20 22:39
This individual represents everything to do with why Scotland needs to govern for itself and to find a better way than what Westminster represents. He is a sponger of the worst kind, well paid but claiming more than he needs and cannot debate without offending anyone with a different view to himself. But he showed his true colours when he had to face questions he didn't like in public, not so quick to offend the people without parliamentary privilage he disappeared with his tail firmly between his legs. Lets see how he survives when we vote Yes, no seat, no expenses and no prospects!
It just makes Sept next year all the more worthwhile looking forward to!
# Soloman 2013-10-20 23:09
Mr Davidson attended the bedroom tax march, some folk said that he just wanted to be seen there but had no interest in the people being affected!
# 1scot 2013-10-20 23:25
I wonder what would happen if an SNP member suggested the bayoniting of anti Yes voters after a successful YES vote.
# cjmasta 2013-10-20 23:36
The man is a spineless bully who cares not one bit for Scotland judging by his behavior. Of course he has no worry that any MSM outlet will pick this up and definitely not in the same way it would get blanket coverage if it were damaging to the SNP or independence movement.
I wish every Scot could see People like Davidson for what he is.
# rabkae 2013-10-20 23:40
Ah yes, more words of wisdom from the hot air balloon that is Ian Graham Davidson, MP.

One of Westminster's finest and worth every penny of his £30 below the absolute maximum claimable in MP's expenses during the period 2004-2007.

We need more like him I say - would make the Yes campaign's job a sight easier.
# Henderson 2013-10-20 23:53
I hear he thinks he's some kind of hardman.

More like all mouth & smelly undies if challenged if you've seen the youtube video - 'Ian Davidson's a liar'

Labour should've dumped this wierdo years ago. He is a liability that will come back to haunt them.
# ds12 2013-10-21 05:32
Given his grasp of Scottish history he is no doubt referring back to the example of Culloden when he made this remark.
# mudfries 2013-10-21 06:12
An absolute thug and a bully, what kind of people would actually vote for this man?
# Marian 2013-10-21 08:12
Quote: A keen shooting enthusiast, the Labour MP also once joked that "Come the revolution, riflemen will be required."

We've got news for Ian Davidson:-

# Soloman 2013-10-21 08:30
Let's hope that Police Scotland go round and confiscate any licensed weapons that this man has.
# X_Sticks 2013-10-21 08:49
I'm re-posting this from Wings in case any of you missed it:

Also re the Davidson quote, but other bits of it:
“The referendum , in my view, is now settled. The decision has been made by the majority of Scots. The youngsters of Aberdeen, not to mention the bookmakers, have quite clearly indicated the way in which the result is going to go.”
-blah, blah -
“Those who are going to win the referendum know, by and large, that they are going to win the referendum and do not need to make concessions”

So that’s that then. We might as well give up.
I don’t think Davidson is the only unionist from the westminster camp that has said something similar. As I recall, Danny Alexander, Michael Moore and possibly Douglas Alexander have all said they know they will win the referendum.

Maybe it’s just my paranoia, but I am beginning to think there may be moves afoot to try and damage the referendum or it’s result.
# Corm 2013-10-21 17:07
Quoting X_Sticks:

Maybe it’s just my paranoia, but I am beginning to think there may be moves afoot to try and damage the referendum or it’s result.

Just because your Paranoid doesnt mean they arent out to get you!

Besides I have said it before and I will no doubt say it again, even if there is an obvious Yes we will still have an upwards fight on our hands to get anything approaching Indi anytime in the next decade. They (WM) will do everything in their power to retain all the oil and gas fields too and our Corp taxes and VAT until we have our own tax dept etc. It will be dirty. Real dirty.
# proudscot 2013-10-21 08:51
It's not often I commend The Times, but well done to them for reporting this latest outrageous verbal outpouring from Labour's Iain Davidson.

I wonder why this was not reported by our "Scottisb" press and media, such as the Record, Scotsman, Herald and BBC? Imagine if any SNP MP or MSP had made this comment, what the wall to wall coverage would have been like!
# fergie73 2013-10-21 09:30
Davidson is one of the very many Labour MPs who actually make me fear for a Labour victory in 2015, regardless of the result of the referendum.

If no wins, those kind of people will be far quicker to take revenge on Scotland than the Tories, though both parties would relish it. If it's a Yes vote and they win I can see them doing everything in their power to frustrate negotiations and possibly even refusing to uphold the Edinburgh agreement and other negotiations begun by the Tories now.

I feel bad for those in England if they're stuck with the Tories, but the idea of Labour with these kind of people winning in 2015 is even more unappealing.
# pomatiaH1 2013-10-21 09:54
His crass stupidity reflects the general situation among the Together groups, and he can depend on total lack of reaction from the print media or BBC.
MPs have had to resign over this type of comment, but we know nothing will happen.
If he had been in NI and made such a comment as a politician there, the result would have been catastrophic.
But it does reinforce the weakness in Labour. A strong Party would have censured him and know they could take the criticism, they are too vulnerable now.
# Macart 2013-10-21 11:07
I don't think there is much to add to the general consensus. Mr Davidson's language and demeanour is dangerous and divisive in the extreme. This man represents constituents and makes decisions which affect people's lives. That fact alone should have people running to the polling stations on September 18th next year.
# Valkyrie 2013-10-21 11:38
I was there when he made these comments. He then went on to make rude remarks about his wife. What a charmer.
# New_Dave 2013-10-21 11:50
No doubt Ms Lamontwill be quick to condemn Davidson's "bayonetting" remarks.

She's his boss after all, isn't she?
# gerrydotp 2013-10-21 12:29
Best example I've seen yet to prove the case that voters need the right to recall a sitting MP.
# proudscot 2013-10-21 12:35
Now that The Times has made everyone aware of Davidson's latest caveman-type pronouncement, I am sure his "Leader Of All Scottish MPs and MSPs" Johann Lamont, will condemn it in the strongest possible terms, and disassociate herself and her party from his remarks.

Oh look, a squadron of porkers just flew past my window, headed by Head Porkie Tellers, Jackie Baillie and Anas Sarwar!
# Ian Brotherhood 2013-10-21 12:40
SLAB hubris personified.
# Willow 2013-10-21 12:57
A wee bit off topic, Davidson & his Scottish Affairs Committee had a meeting with Fife Council on Friday regarding the bedroom tax.

Keeping in mind we have the Dunfermline by-election on Thursday, We've had the head of the council on the local radio condemning the tax & calling on Westminster to re-think it - that's a first.

Meanwhile we have Davidson in the printed media & he wants to know what can be done in Scotland to mitigate the effects on a more individual basis!
# pomatiaH1 2013-10-21 18:17
Davidson abstained on the vote concerning the bedroom tax.
# Dundonian West 2013-10-21 13:05
Where is his boss Johann Lamont MSP in all this ? She's responsible for all Labour MP's and MSP's in Scotland.
Mr Davidson not only brings his own behaviour into question but that of his Leader and the Party.
# bringiton 2013-10-21 18:15
She's probably in hiding in case she is threatened with a doin.
# GrutsForTea 2013-10-21 13:37
Every time he opens his mouth I think "Who cares?".
# brusque 2013-10-21 15:45
I have emailed Ed Milliband to let him know that it is intolerable that a Labour MP at Westminster can make these remarks without any sign of censure.

I wonder if I will ever get a reply?
# Henderson 2013-10-21 16:29
Ther is no more odius individual related to the politics of Scotland.

Labour should be ashamed and take action - he is not funny in any way
# Angus 2013-10-21 20:24
Davidson, what an asset to the union, often remarked as having the lowest intellect of any MP.
# DoricBob 2013-10-22 19:19
After the referendum, do we really want somebody like him in Scotland. An old punishment should be imposed - banishment. :)

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