I’d love to gloss over the fact that the closing sentence is convoluted nonsense. But I can’t. I can’t because it confirms what I suspected from the outset and grew more certain of as I got closer to the drivelling denouement of Angus Robertson’s column in today’s National.
The entire article is a lesson – although far from a master-class – in how to raise your media/public profile by latching onto an issue that’s going to be hogging the headlines for a while. The piece consists almost entirely of an unadorned regurgitation of the factual elements from the kind of lurid news reports which feed panic about a coronavirus pandemic.
Angus Robertson’s sole contribution to this news digest is the final paragraph. The paragraph which contains the intellectually offensive sentence,
We are fortunate not to have had any coronavirus cases in Scotland yet, but they may well come sooner than we might fear.
Surely the soonest we “might fear” is right now. So how can cases of coronavirus possibly come sooner than that? This is the kind of idiocy politicians come out with when they’re obliged to fill air time or the space between quotation marks. Absolute no thought has gone into it as would be the case if the article had some serious or worthy purpose. A purpose more worthy than enhancing Angus Robertson’s ‘presence’ at a time when he is engaged in a tough political contest. A contest with someone who has recently done their fair share of headline hogging.
With this article, Angus Robertson is setting himself up as the SNP’s spokesperson on coronavirus. The person the media will approach for a quote when Jeane Freeman finds it politic to remain silent. Lots of lovely TV and radio exposure!
We are told that Robertson is the SNP’s go-to guy for campaign management. If this clumsy effort is typical of his work then I fear for the electoral fortunes of the party.
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