The Herald titillates us with violence

That’s the killer not the victim

The deep sadness in the above headline does not inform us in any meaningful way. It tell us nothing useful about the word in which we must live and cope daily. To share the deepest thoughts of a human being in a moment of the most awful trauma is tasteless, exploitative and deeply cynical. No school of journalism would approve of such writing.

While this might be expected in the trash press, the Herald was once a more respectable thing.

We often think of titillation in terms of sexual behaviour but it applies more generally to the excitement of the senses and the emotions by the use of words designed to trigger strong empathetic feelings of sadness, fear or disgust.

The Herald is one of those Scottish newspapers which recently begged for government support as sales plummeted. Their justification was based on the notion that they help keep the public informed. I doubt the Government ministers were thinking:

Yes keep me informed of any victims who call out for their mother as the lie dying.

Covert Tory Councillor and ‘journalist’ John Mclellan led the calls. He does not tend to titillate much but rather just writes Tory press releases and gets them published as if they were real journalism:

They clearly need the money check for accuracy.

Here are the details of the scheme which does not request any titillation:

The Scottish government has announced a £3m advertising boost in the form of a public health information partnership for newspapers in Scotland. National, regional and community titles operating in Scotland are set to benefit from the scheme which will highlight the ‘vital role’ played by the newspaper industry in informing the public about coronavirus developments. Scottish titles will run ads in addition to those as part of the UK-wide ‘All in, all together’ campaign. The UK government has confirmed that it will continue to run this scheme in Scotland as well as the additional support given by the devolved government. Kate Forbes, Holyrood’s cabinet secretary for finance said in a tweet announcing the spend:

“Scotland’s newspaper industry plays a vital role informing the public on COVID-19 developments and its impact. The Scottish government will continue to share public health messages in Scottish papers and on their digital sites.” Scottish Newspaper Society director John McLellan told the SoE he welcomes the campaign: “The SNS is delighted that the Scottish Government will be investing in our titles and it is recognition of the key role our titles play in communicating effectively with communities up and down Scotland.

10 thoughts on “The Herald titillates us with violence”

    1. On Topic

      “the Herald was once a more respectful thing”

      Yes it didnt used to compete with the Daily Star, Express, Sun or the Record. The final stage in its journey to the gutter.

      Is the Herald the only UK Broadsheet that’s a member of the gutter press.

      How many BBC supplied “Freedom Journalists” are at the Paper

      Has the Herald ever been on the side of normal hard working Scots. It wasn’t during the General Strike of 1919 , firmly on the side of the Establishment.
      The very fine Ian Bell wrote for The Herald , some of his articles had a photograph of workers at a demonstration in George Sq. 1919, was this just a cover for the papers true purpose

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  2. Here is more information from a charity that is helping asylum seekers, and this email I was forwarded gives a more human view of the trauma the people are going through – I am not sure how wel a direct copy and paste will work as it has embedded links – so I’ll try it on a follow-on post (can you keep an eye out in case it doesn’t appear John?)…


    1. (Forwarded message:)

      “Hi there,

      Last Thursday, our staff and volunteers were working on the ground, organising food, PPE and mobile phones for the asylum seekers who were moved after the Park Inn Tragedy on June 26 to the Hallmark Hotel in Glasgow. This happened barely six weeks following the death of a suicidal Syrian refugee, Adnan Elbi, on May 5 in the Mclays Hotel.

      All were placed in hotels by the Mears Group, an outsourcing company working in Housing management & social care, employing 10,000 people. (In relation to the growing scandal in Glasgow, six Scottish MPs refused to meet with Mears CEO John Taylor on Friday 26 June 2020, citing “trust issues”.)

      While there, two asylum seeking approached us. “Ahmed” said there were people struggling at a place called the Tartan Lodge, where Mears has placed them.

      The next day, we visited the Tartan Lodge. One of our volunteers Umran Amin brought halal meals, chicken and rice, with some dessert.

      There are 30 people from Iraq, Iran, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Vietnam and elsewhere being kept in the Tartan Lodge under the “care“ of Mears, They complained of being malnourished with food not fit for human consumption and left without any money or support.
      The kitchen is off limits. The laundry is allowed once a week. You wash your clothes in sinks or under the bathroom shower. The rooms are not cleaned. Bedding has not been changed in 90 days. People complain of bedbugs.

      The most mentioned problem was food. It’s not enough, not the right kind, and unsuitable for different cultures. There are no plates. The food is brought in plastic take away containers. Your entire meal is that. You eat out of them. One couple asked for plates, and were given one plate between them. The lady that brings the food warms the containers in a microwave and gives the food to residents barely warm. People tell us they have to return the cartons, and these are reused and redistributed until they fall apart. “Nadeem” said that he splits his breakfast of plastic wrapped dry croissant and apple in case the food is so bad at lunch. Sometimes the lunch does not arrive until 2 or 3 pm. You wait and wait.
      All bar none have complained about poorly cooked food problems and in some cases bed bugs . One young man was covered in bed bug bites Many are desperately worried about families back home. Amongst them:
      1. A former UN worker of 18 years standing who had to flee for his life, and desperately worried for his family.
      2. A civil servant from Sierra Leone forced to leave his country to save his life
      3. a Highly articulate wealthy musician who became stranded here due to US sanctions on Iran which prevent him accessing his money.
      4. a couple who have got refugee status and are the responsibility of the council to rehouse.
      5. One man is deeply isolated. He spoke no English at all and no one speaks his.
      Six people did not have functioning smart phones until our volunteers Eilidh, Lisa and Jake brought one.
      Nasir” said that many people sleep in order to dissociate from what is happening around them. He said:
      “We have complained to Migrant Help and Mears. They say they will look at it but nothing happens.”
      Another man said:
      “I complained about the food, and she said if you don’t like it, you will be sent to a detention centre and then you will be deported”. .
      In response, we arranged crisis support for those in greatest need, sourced mobile phones. We have deployed some amazing volunteers to take food, help clean flats and even deliver clean beds and furniture for those being moved into homes.
      Yesterday, on Monday 6 July, we organised a press conference to highlight the living plight of people at the Tartan Lodge. We were due to start at 11 am. At 11.09 am, I received a text message from a young man from Sierra Leone saying: “The hotel people have closed the door”. At 11.17 am, another message saying “The guys are stopping us not to go out”. Then another saying “They closed the door”. Eventually, the men managed to get out. They told the assembled press what happened.
      While the people of Glasgow once again pick up the pieces of Mears neglect and provide human support, the Mears Group picks up a lucrative £1.2B Asylum Housing contract.
      It’s CEO John Taylor has failed to attend a single interview or answer any of the concerns raised since Adnan Elbi died alone in his room at the Mclays Guest house or the treatment of refugees at Park Inn, the failure to carry out the most basic of vulnerability checks before moving people.

      Ultimately though, this is not about food or bed bugs. It is about human beings being warehoused for profit by one company and the systematic abuse of their most basic human rights which leaves people functionally destitute, systematically isolated, and fearful of being punished for fear of their case being affected if they speak out about the shameful conditions they are forced to endure. People are terrified of being made destitute and being returned to dangerous countries. It is a matter of shame that up to the present time, this apartheid system operates for those who come to our country to seek refuge. It is time for the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council go do more to stop Mears and the Home Office in their tracks and challenge the abuses of the most vulnerable.
      If you want to help, please support our Call to Action below and give a regular donation, however modest. .

      Thank you for your support thus far.

      Yours sincerely,

      Robina Qureshi


      There is a humanitarian crisis going on in Glasgow.

      We are calling on the Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken to instruct her officials that the policy of Glasgow City Council is that the asylum housing contract should revert to Council (in the same way as sheffield Council has done)and for the Mears contract to be terminated by the Home Office.

      therefore we are renewing our call for a public investigation into the treatment of asylum seekers in Glasgow at the hands of Mears. Almost 1000 organisations and private citizens have now provided message of support and signed in support of a full public investigation into the failure of Mears/Home Office to carry out its duty of care or vulnerability assessments with a community of people who have been left highly vulnerable. To add your name, click here .

      Since Lockdown, our charity together with an extensive network of volunteers and well wishers have distributed over thousands of pounds in crisis grants for mobile phone top ups, food, heating and rent arrears, and countless technology.

      Do you have a spare smart phone?

      Please erase the contents and reset your devices, sanitise it, then pop it in a Jiffy bag and donate to us so we can pass it onto people desperately in need.

      Donate by posting to: Positive Action in Housing, 98 West George Street Glasgow G2 1PJ. Alternatively, email to arrange a drop off.


      This is a lifeline for the people we support. Now more than ever we need your help so we can pass it on to those in greatest need.

      Crisis grants are assessed continuously and go straight to asylum seekers who are in need. Anyone wishing to donate can do so at this secure link:!/DonationDetails

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      1. May i remind all that is rather akin as to how State media Propaganda in Nazi Germany produced many articles,pictures and films how life in Jewish Ghettos and concentration camps were indeed most beneficial for the inhabitants
        So successful were they at portraying such that not only their own populace but
        The whole outside world swallowed it hook line and sinker till very very late in the war and only when the full horrors were revealed as the allies over run Nazi
        Camps and ghettos
        Know thy Foe
        ABC ( BBC) A= Absurtistan
        Is a State propaganda tool nothing more nothing less
        What it provides in the form of supposed
        Entrainment increasingly is in the form
        Of Instructions from on high
        It is your responsibility to keep them ignorant and stupid
        It is ours to keep the Bastards down
        The latter by the way are not from my mouth but that those of a British Governor General in conversation with
        The all Ireland Catholic primate in the Governors house in Phoenix park Dublin
        And all after Westminster allowing Free Catholic worship
        Given as a response to a growing rebellion
        Funded by Feinan monies and arms sent from wealthy Irish immigrants to the US
        who had made it good fleeing from the ravages of the avoidable potato famine
        And why did their colonial masters yield
        Quite simply they now had insufficient military resources to quell the growing no.of armed and trained rebels who were recruited mainly on the basis that free worship for them was banned
        And that 3 large rebellions were growing in India and Imperial Britain could not deal with the Indian and Irish rebellions
        KNOW THY FOE


  3. “the Herald was once a more respectful thing”

    Yes it didnt used to compete with the Daily Star, Express, Sun or the Record. This is the final stage in its journey to the gutter.

    Is the Herald the only UK Broadsheet that’s a member of the gutter press.

    How many BBC supplied “Freedom Journalists” are at the Paper

    Has the Herald ever been on the side of normal hard working Scots. It wasn’t during the General Strike of 1919 , firmly on the side of the Establishment.
    The very fine Ian Bell wrote for The Herald , some of his articles had a photograph of workers at a demonstration in George Sq. 1919, was this just a cover for the papers true purpose


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