Former BBC Scotland head of news and bullying presents Scots as dupes

Brenda Steele

Since The Times is behind a paywall, I  don’t really know much about how they spin the news but I do want to comment on the way this article by John Boothman is worded.

Unlike the general way Boris’s trite sound bites are generally promoted in the MSM, this article is written with a more subtle air of doubts hanging over it.

Thus we have convoluted phrases like:

Appears to have benefited from the perception” and gems like:

Three times as many people believe she has done a good job of leading the response to the pandemic, compared to the prime minister.”

The saying “damning with faint praise” comes to mind.

Then we get to the paragraph below the chart:

Although  Scotland has had among the world’s highest  proportion of Covid-related fatalities based on excess deaths

It does not seem to have occurred to the authors that the first thought a reader has is “and England?

[Ed: Or that much of this excess derives from Scotland’s early acceptance of the 4 Nation’s approach under pressure from the same MSM to do so]

This is followed by:

Curtis believes that perceptions

Oh dear, back to perceptions again – why not something more straightforward and positive like judgement?

It is clear that the writers cannot bring themselves to believe that these “perceptions” are the hard reality of th FM’s plain spoken down to earth presentation contrasting sharply with the bluster, bombast and flat out lies of the PM and his cronies.

Perhaps they fear that the reported “increasing gloom amongst senior conservative and labour politicians in Scotland that independence is inevitable” is a valid assessment of the situation.

I cannot see that using the techniques outlined above will save their precious union.

6 thoughts on “Former BBC Scotland head of news and bullying presents Scots as dupes

  1. It’s the way they tell it, word somersaults. As with tennis etc, if Scotland wins, they are British, if they lose, it’s very much a uniquely Scottish failing.

    BBC lies, twisting facts, they must be very very busy bees right now, a panic’s in their breastie.

    This is for John, and anyone else interested. Mark Doran who writes a good blog, this one about the BBC, and he’s showing no mercy this time. Long read. There is a part 1 on his blog.

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      1. Do follow Mark’s blog, he’s really interesting and writes great articles, some political, all really good. I’ve still to read the last couple of para’s of the BBC one today…not a fan of Corbyn, but I am sure the BBC had a hand in his downfall.

        Governed by media, never a good idea.


  2. If you ever need to break the times paywall, take the article link, go to and paste it in, its usually already archived and you see what howlers they’ve been publishing for free.

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  3. It should never be forgotten that this man was Head of News and Current Affairs at BBC Scotland, until he was recorded making grossly offensive comments about Margo McDonald and her daughter.
    He epitomises the culture at BBC Scotland (to this day), its decline in standards and its bias toward Anglo-British nationalism.

    No great surprise he has washed up at a right wing English newspaper, bad-mouthing Scotland and its elected government.

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