It’s the BBC. Nobody trusts the BBC. Well, nobody in the Yes movement. Nobody who is aware of the corporation’s despicable behaviour during the first independence referendum campaign. Nobody who has seen London Calling. Few will be confident that this new Scottish channel will actually materialise. Fewer still will harbour any hope that it would go any way at all to addressing the needs and priorities of an audience that has changed in ways that the BBC is almost certainly incapable of comprehending.
There will be no firework display and cheering crowds. This announcement will greeted only with sullen scepticism. Which is perfectly understandable. But wrong!
Our default position should be to welcome any change, however half-hearted, grudging or ill-intentioned. The very fact of change is an indication of weakness. It represents a tiny crack in the edifice of the British state. A small chink in the media armour that shields the British establishment. It can be exploited. It will be exploited.
Bear in mind that, only months ago, even this small concession was unthinkable. Rather than shunning this new channel, we should embrace it. We should apply ourselves to the task of fashioning a lever of public opinion which can be used to lever open this crack in the walls of ‘Fortress BBC’. We should be looking for ways to make the British establishment regret giving us this opening.Views: 2018
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