Regular readers of my articles will know that I have long argued that the so-called ‘newspaper reviews’ that are broadcast on Good Morning Scotland should be scrapped.
The slots on the midweek version of the show are all too often a proxy for anti-SNP/Independence messages as the short clip below from last week indicates.
The weekend version is more an opportunity for so-called ‘respected’ commentators to push their own partisan views in the guise of ‘reviewing’ articles. On Sunday both guests represented opposite ends of the constitutional divide. Andrew Tickell and Margaret Curran were this week’s ‘respected’ pundits..
The slot was devoid of the usual gratuitous political opportunism that so often taints the discussion until I heard the following.
First off, why is a known hard-line Unionist allowed to promote, not news articles, but commentary pieces from well-known hardline-Unionist writers? Euan McColm and Gillian Bowditch occupy what many people would acknowledge is the extreme end of British Nationalist commentary. They are not known for impartial analysis when it comes to the SNP.
Secondly, why is Margaret Curran allowed to promote these partisan views of Nicola Sturgeon without challenge? It’s obvious that Curran herself has sympathy with the views which is not surprising. Curran is a former Labour MP and MSP whose bitter antipathy towards the SNP and its leadership is well-documented. She once boasted that if Alex Salmond was run over by a bus she wouldn’t care who did it.
This isn’t the first time Margaret Curran has commented on a Euan McColm piece and used it to attack a senior SNP figure. In November last year she actually joined the then GMS presenter Laura Maxwell as both promoted attacks on Humza Yousaf.
Describing Curran as one of Scotland’s most respected commentators is laughable. But this is Good Morning Scotland where presenters will read out whatever is put in front of them. And now the weather …
[Readers of this site maybe interested to know that there are currently discussions going on between several parties with a view to setting up a full-time service which will monitor BBC Scotland political output. More on that shortly.]