A curious concession

A curious concession

“There is a possibility that a legislative consent motion may be required in the Scottish Parliament but that is a matter that is being considered currently between the Westminster Government and the Scottish Government.” – Theresa May There is much…

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Does it matter if the BBC is deliberately biased, institutionally corrupt or just inept?

Derek Bateman has published two articles this last week. Both are a response to posts made by visitors to his blog on the subject of BBC Scotland. You can read his articles here and here. The thrust of the former…

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The plan unfolds

The plan unfolds

It’s fairly safe to assume that an experienced operator such as Michel Barnier doesn’t indulge in idle chat. When he says something, it’s for a reason. Generally, post-meeting statements will be about controlling what these days is called the ‘optics’…

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The Brexit fallacy

The Brexit fallacy

When not being distracted by articles such as this, I am working on a piece for iScot Magazine about memes. One of the observations I make is that, just as genes don’t necessarily comply with human ideas of good design,…

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DON’T BACK DOWN!

DON’T BACK DOWN!

I really don’t see what Tommy Sheppard is on about. He says the election changes everything. Then argues that the SNP should do precisely what it has been doing in relation to #ScotRef and #Brexit. In reality, the election changes…

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Science and snake oil

Science and snake oil

I don’t mind admitting that, in the week or so since the election, I avoided reading articles by Robin McAlpine. Just as I avoided reading articles by Gerry Hassan and others. I body-swerved them because I knew well enough what…

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Unaccountable and out of control

It’s unaccountable and it’s once again out of control. Rampaging across Scotland’s political landscape, this media beast is roaring on behalf of its Union masters and the noise is deafening. I refer of course to BBC Scotland. The institution has gone into hyper mode as…

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Don’t question us … We are the BBC

Journalists don’t like being questioned. It’s one of the ironies of the main stream media that those who rely on others answering questions have difficulty answering them themselves. On Monday the latest instalment of ‘Project Protect Ruth’ aired on the…

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BBC Scotland reporter ridiculed after claiming Ruth Davidson won election

A BBC Scotland reporter has been ridiculed on social media after claiming the Scottish Conservatives won the general election in Scotland. Brian Taylor, who is BBC Scotland’s political editor, was appearing on the flagship news programme Reporting Scotland when he…

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The ‘Ruth Winner’ media narrative was pre-determined

The media narrative is unshakeable. Ruth Davidson won the general election in Scotland. It’s a Tory revival north of the border. The SNP’s Indyref2 plans are dead in the water. Punt that line and your main stream media career is…

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