Video: Spoof Hitler video forces Scottish MP Tom Harris to resign as new media adviser
SCOTTISH Labour MP, Tom Harris, has been forced to resign as the party’s new media adviser after creating a spoof video comparing Adolf Hitler's final days with Alex Salmond’s machinations over the referendum on the country’s independence.
Tom Harris, who had a popular blog, uploaded to the internet a parody based on the 2004 movie Downfall, which shows Hitler ranting at generals and senior Nazis in his bunker during the collapse of the Third Reich.
The Glasgow South MP used the clip, which has previously been spoofed to mock a series of high-profile figures, to poke fun at Mr Salmond’s secrecy over the referendum.
He also mocked the First Minister for refusing to sack his parliamentary aide, Joan McAlpine, who last week suggested that any political parties that oppose the Scottish National Party are “anti-Scottish”.
The spoof was posted on Saturday and titled ‘Joan’s Downfall’, but Mr Harris was forced to quit his new media post last night following talks with Johann Lamont, Labour’s Scottish leader.
In a statement, he said: “The video I posted has been a well-worn joke used to parody a range of public figures.
“However, context is everything and in the context of Joan McAlpine's statements about all political opponents of the SNP being anti-Scottish, my actions have been an unhelpful distraction for which I apologise.”
Twitter: Douglas Bader - @TomHarrisMP again, i ask are you proud of this low brow attempt at a salmond equals Hitler smear and fear video?
Twitter: Tom Harris - I have never smeared Salmond or the SNP so your question is meaningless.
The video features the voice of Hitler, with Mr Salmond parodied in subtitles. It begins with Nazi officials planning the First Minister’s “coronation” after his referendum victory.
In a cheeky reference to Mr Salmond’s weight, it states that the Stone of Destiny, used to crown British monarchs, will need to be “widened and strengthened.”
His generals then tell him about Miss McAlpine’s comments “that if you don’t vote SNP, you hate Scotland”.
The Fuhrer asks all those who have written something similar on internet blogs and websites to vacate the room, leaving only six people remaining.
His temper then violently erupts as he complains he has spent millions of pounds trying to bury the SNP’s “reputation for tartan jingoism”.
In a reference to a recent £1m donation to the SNP from a couple who won £161m on Euromillions, he asks: “How many more lottery wins will we need to make people forget this mess? Never let them know what we’re thinking!”
David Cameron’s intervention last week finally forced Mr Salmond to name his preferred date for the referendum after months of silence.
In the video, Hitler rants: “First we’ve got Posh Boy driving his tanks onto my lawn and then I have to tell the whole country the top secret date for my secret referendum.”
In a reference to Angus Robertson, the SNP’s Westminster leader and referendum campaign director, a general says: “First Minister, you and Angus couldn’t have kept it secret for much longer anyway!”
But a furious Hitler responds: “It was nobody else’s business! It’s my referendum – mine! MINE!”
A secretary is then seen comforting a colleague, portrayed as Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Salmond’s deputy, saying that at least she does not have to defend Miss McAlpine on the BBC’s Question Time.
Hitler concludes by saying: “The irony is Joan is right. How can you be properly Scottish if you don’t support me?” He then tells his generals to order Miss Sturgeon to go on Question Time instead of him.
An SNP spokesman called the clip “silly and negative”.