On Monday 15 February I got together for a wee blether with my auld friends Dave Llewelyn and Mike Fenwick. What a jolly time we had!
Winners win! Those who look like winners tend to end up as winners. And that is why this poll is significant. It shows the SNP as winners. The specifics don't matter so much as the overall impression. They don't have to actually win anything. So long as they look like winners.
Those who consider themselves part of the wave of democratic dissent risen in Scotland must decide whether they are content to remain a dissenting tendency within the British state or whether they want to be a countervailing power - and are prepared to organise accordingly.
When will people realise that the BBC is a British institution and that it can only behave accordingly. The BBC is the British state broadcasting to Scotland. It doesn't matter where its operations are located, it can never be Scottish. It can only be British and therefore it can only treat Scotland with disdain and … Continue reading Your masters’ voice
Journalists are professional communicators. They mediate messages. They are one of the main links between us and 'out there'. The world. Journalists are trained how to use language. Which starts with learning how language is used. If you are aware of the way people express their thoughts then you can describe and explain the world in terms that people will best understand. There's more to it, of course. A lot goes into a journalist's training. They have to learn about the way print, broadcast and online media function at a technical level and how they operate as businesses and how to avoid buying your round in the pub and probably a couple of other things.
I suspect I fall into the category of "non-conformist" as well as I do into the category of offended SNP voter.
Where I take issue with Shona Craven is, not in her vindication of newspapers, but when this appears to shade into a generalised defence of journalists.
During the referendum campaign, it became clear that there is a democratic deficit in terms of the Scottish media. The raison d’etre of the National is to redress the balance and cogently to argue the case for independence.
Most people don't care very much about most things. The people who try to care about everything are in institutions right beside the people who care about absolutely nothing.
I read Nicola Sturgeon's Tweet yesterday in which she wonders, with evident scepticism, whether the British media might subject Boris Johnson's position on a new independence referendum to "serious scrutiny", and into my head popped that Lerner and Loewe song from the musical My Fair Lady in which the heroine of the piece reflects wistfully … Continue reading Wishful thinking