By Lucy Ashton
Millionaire crime writer Val McDermid has been mocked after being pictured wearing a t-shirt that claims she is “anti-wealth”, according to the Scottish Daily Express which carried a picture of the offending garment.
The Scottish crime writer, who is said to be a close friend of former first minister Nicola Sturgeon, is said to have posed for the photo on a ScotRail train on her way to Saturday’s All Under One Banner march.
It also states she is “anti-monarchy” and “anti-Britain” as well as being an “eco zealot Marxist”. The phrase was used by Scots broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil to describe the Scottish Greens when they were invited into government by Ms Sturgeon in 2021.
According to the latest accounts, the author’s personal company is worth £1.14 million having halved in value since 2015 when it was worth £2.2 million. She has sold over 19 million books during her career.
So her ‘anti-wealth’ stance surprised many social media users given her own value. One person wrote: “For someone who’s anti wealth, you’re not doing too badly.”
Another pointed out that McDermid, 67, was “anti wealth supposedly…. Just not her vast wealth”.
Other parts of the t-shirt were also picked up on, with one person saying: “Are you aware @valmcdermid that Marxism has led to 1000s of deaths in the past?
“It is a defunct economic system that doesn’t work at least not to anyone’s benefit.”
And another said: “‘Anti Britain’ wow! If it was any other country that was mentioned it would be seen as a very hateful statement tinged with extreme ugly nationalism.
“Unacceptable, but sadly acceptable in today’s desensitised Scottish society when it comes to anything anti English or anti British.”
McDermid, who attended the University of Oxford and worked as a journalist at The Daily Record, is no stranger to controversy.
Last year she tweeted that “rich tourists” were stealing from food banks on the route of the North Coast 500, but her claim was rubbished by the operator of the food bank.
In February 2022, she pulled her sponsorship of Raith Rovers after the club signed rapist David Goodwillie.
Her relationship with Ms Sturgeon is well known and in 2021, McDermid was allowed to host an event at Bute House, the First Minister’s official residence in Edinburgh.
McDermid has tried to discredit stories about the police probe into SNP finances, which involved a raid on the home Ms Sturgeon shares with her husband and former SNP chief executive Peter Murrell.
She posted on Twitter claiming: “Relying on police leaks is a pretty poor form of journalism”.