“I’m British as well as Scottish” one caller proclaimed on the Radio Scotland phone-in this week. Sally didn’t say whether she was proud to be either, but I’m pretty certain she would have insisted both.
There’s been little pride on show from Scottish Unionists following news that a Westminster Committee has decreed it’s time Scotland had its own dedicated nightly news programme. Instead the announcement was met by howls of anguish from the North British tribe.
Most of the arguments deployed against a Scottish Six by the North British Nationalists have been risible. They’ve fired volley after volley from their ancient cringe-cannon.
Indeed this article isn’t going to list the lengthy, and very obvious, positive arguments in support of a Scottish produced news programme. Instead, so bizarre and ridiculous was the cringe-binge that I’ve decided to gather them all together in order that the full extent of the ‘Ashamed to be Scottish’ brigade be put on display.
The ‘contributions’ come from members of the public, journalists and former politicians. All have one thing in common. They object to their own country having a one hour news programme produced and edited here.
Most of the recordings come from the morning radio phone-in on Radio Scotland. One comes from Reporting Scotland, whilst the rest are courtesy of the BBC 24 news channel. I urge you to listen to these people and marvel at the mindset of the North British Nationalist.
BBC News 24 – David Torrance:
The comments resulted in the pro-Union journalist being ridiculed on Twitter. Torrance reacted by closing down his twitter account. His supporters claim he was the victim of intolerance. What point Torrance was trying to make by saying radio news was much easier to produce than television, is not clear.
BBC News 24 – Brian Wilson [Shown here with John McLellan who is the Director of the Scottish Newspaper Society]
The BBC should provide better news coverage of Scotland and better coverage of Scottish current affairs, says Wilson … just not produced in Scotland, by Scotland for Scotland. Wilson is rather ‘tragically’ cut off before he can complete his point.
Reporting Scotland: Archie MacPherson
“There’s no public demand” says Archie, “It’s not the talk of the steamie … nobody’s saying this is failing”. Except of course those people who have been saying Reporting Scotland has been failing since 1998. Why Archie MacPherson is invited to comment is unclear. He offers nothing of worth save for a description of a fansasy world he inhabits where everyone is happy with Reporting Scotland.
FINALLY I list clips from the Radio Scotland phone-in show. The show included callers in favour of a Scottish Six and those against a Scottish Six. I’ve reproduced mainly those against. Blair Jenkins and Brian Wilson appear in two clips. However the rest are simply ordinary people, of, what I would term, a North British mindset.
Blair Jenkins v Brian Wilson [Exchange1]
Blair Jenkins v Brian Wilson [Exchange2]
Brian Wilson responds to a caller
For me the way these folk angrily fight against an hour long programme, produced in Scotland and with the investment and jobs that will entail, is simply breathtaking. Some of the arguments employed are sad to the point of eliciting pity. They seem to revel in their own ignorance, actually making stuff up in order to protect themselves from the harsh reality of a changing Scotland. They are in denial.
Remember, these people are reacting to a recommendation from a Unionist dominated committee in Westminster. The BBC is not being devolved. The Scottish Parliament will have no influence over this programme or any other produced by BBC Scotland. The BBC remains fully under the control of London.
Blair Jenkins revealed several times that the idea of a Scottish Six was blocked in 1998 due to collusion between the then Labour Government and senior BBC management. Not one Unionist caller complained about the collusion. Proud to be British … Scared to be Scottish.
I myself support a Scottish Six. I am though wary that the same Unionist cabal that has all but destroyed the BBC’s reputation in Scotland will continue in the same vein when the project is eventually completed and broadcast.
My hope lies in the belief that the project is just too big for the current team, and new faces will have to be drafted in. I’d like to see Isabel Fraser, David Miller and Ken MacDonald given prominent roles. These new faces must help create a new culture if the Scottish Six is to avoid going the same way as Scotland 2016. Oh, and MacQuarrie will have to go eventually. The Scottish Six is happening in spite of him.
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