LAST week the wider world met Colin Robertson the Scot, who through his alter-ego Millennial Woes, has for the last three years been broadcasting white nationalist videos from his dad’s semi-detached in Linlithgow.
In internet parlance, West Lothian’s celebrity bigot was doxed, his attempt to keep his real name, his real life private, was dashed, after left-leaning blog A Thousand Flowers revealed all.
The story was picked up by newspapers, with Robertson’s face appearing prominently on the front page of one of Scotland’s most popular tabloids. Last week in a video posted on his YouTube channel, which has 20,000 followers, Robertson claimed to have fled the country for his own safety, before begging followers for money.
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The Sunday Herald has the last-known pictures of the right-winger, taken at his house just two days before he was named online. We offered him the chance to discuss Millennial Woes and his beliefs. He told us to go away.
Since 2014 the 34 year old has gone from being a mere bedroom blogger to becoming one of the most influential voices globally in what gets called the alt-right, effectively the new family-friendly moniker for white nationalism and far-right politics. And although his face has been seen by millions, he has tried to keep his real name private.
Now Police Scotland are set to get involved after Robertson’s supporters on the far right started a campaign targeting the journalists and campaigners responsible for naming the neo-Nazi.
One prominent neo-Nazi website has printed the names and addresses of people it believes are associated with the A Thousands Flowers blog, and of Daily Record journalist Alan McEwan.
On the forum of 4Chan, an internet site known for it’s connections to the alt-right, supporters of Woes have shared pictures of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, where 12 journalists were killed. Anonymous users talk of the people who named Robertson as being “high on the list of those that need to be made an example of".
“The noose is tightening for the blogger who doxxed woes. We also know where he lives. Two can play at that game,” Colin Liddell of the the New Alternative Right wrote on his Facebook page.
Despite the threats, A Thousand Flowers say they have no regrets. A spokesperson from the blog told The Sunday Herald: "Over the last few days various people have been identified, some of whom are not even connected to A Thousand Flowers, and have subsequently faced an organised campaign of harassment. This does, unfortunately, go with the territory when it comes to the alt-right.
"But we have no regrets about exposing Colin Robertson and what he stands for. He is a leading propagandist of the extreme right who has spent three years spreading his vile views with little consequence. He needed anonymity to spread his hatred in Scotland. He no longer has that and says he may never produce a video again. It's that simple."
The Sunday Herald understands that anti-fascist campaigners have also reported Robertson to police over the content of his videos.
In some of them Robertson says he believes whites have a higher IQ purely because of the colour of their skin, he rails against feminism, immigration, sexual immorality, psychology, Europe, Scottish independence, what he claims is the extinction of white people, “jew thinking” and much more.
He has talked of “reprogramming the white race” and says the alt-right should be able to proudly call itself the white nationalist movement in the next five years.
On his page he describes himself as a “GenX/Millennial Scottish guy pontificating about the world we live in, and are heading towards” and he insists he does not condone violence.
But in a video posted in October, now deleted, Robertson said the alt-right goal of a state based entirely on ethnicity and skin colour cannot happen without “civil war”.
“Ethno-nationalism – to say that you want it but only if it can be achieved peacefully is really to say, well you don’t want ethno-nationalism, because it cannot be achieved peacefully in our circumstance,” he says.
Central to his beliefs is the White Genocide conspiracy theory, that white people in western countries are going to become the minority because of increasing non-white birth rates.
Robertson tells viewers: “I believe their birthrates will get even higher because of group confidence and also group duty. They’ll feel they’ll have a chance to take over the territory.”
He adds: “Violence, by which I mean civil war, is inevitable between us native Europeans and the various immigrant groups.”
The anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate say they started to take an interest in Robertson towards the end of 2015. Joe Mulhall from the organisation told this paper: “He’s been around for a couple of years. We weren’t really interested in him, he was just a small guy, but last year he became much more interesting to us because of everything that was happening, but also because of his links and connections in America.”
In November last year, Robertson addressed delegates at the National Policy Institute in Washington. The NPI become infamous around the world when a video of delegates at the conference held just after Trump was elected, stood up, gave Nazi salutes and shouted “Heil Trump”.
The leader of the NPI, and father of the alt-right movement, Richard B Spencer, has shown his support for Robertson since the doxing, tweeting: “I'm proud to call Millennial Woes a friend and colleague. He's a brave truth-seeker.”
“If the American stuff hadn’t happened, he would just be an online irrelevance, his [YouTube] views aren’t massive, but the American stuff makes him of interest,” Mulhall added. “It pulls him into the higher leagues of this cesspool of people all pumping this stuff out online.”
Last year was a good one for the alt-right. The election of Donald Trump has bolstered the movement, thinning the lines between the broad alternative American right, and the white nationalist extremism of the alt-right. This year hasn't been a good one for Colin Robertson.