Iain sets off with an attempt to impress by referring to Ivan Illich’s ‘Deschooling Society’ which does, remarkably for 1971, talk of the use of advanced technology to support “learning webs”.

Given how things have turned out in Macwhirter’s career, he should have kept on reading until at least 1988, when Herman and Chomsky’s ‘Manufacturing Consent’ came out to direct him toward a more honourable career than corporate hackism, such as accountancy or house-painting.

Today’s story is full of nothing, just half-baked attacks on a decent man, evidence free. This is typical:

Did he spot the irony in that last phrase? Is he just too embedded now to see what he is doing?

No real people speak, no reliable data are presented. It seems like he’s just paraphrasing the outbursts of Alison Payne, former Conservative Party spin doctor, on Good Morning Scotland.

Surely, Anas Sarwar has an in-law who is a teacher, that Macwhirter could quote to prove he hasn’t just made this all up?

As for blending, this is really blended. It’s so blended it blends in. Jackson Carlaw and Richard Leonard and that wee Lib Dem guy, find it slips over very smoothly.