Transparent Failures 1: The Edinburgh Tory Councillor pretends to be a journalist again

So, current Edinburgh Conservative & Unionist Councillor and former party adviser, John McLellan, gets a free platform in the Evening News, to attack the SNP via the SQA.

In a year in which pass rates went up and in the context of 138 000 submissions, we know as does he, that we don’t know what his headline claims. We’ll see once the appeals go in and can compare the number with last year’s well over 10 000.

We’ve seen a tiny handful of disappointed students who, perhaps on the advice of their parents, or perhaps encouraged by an opposition politician, have decided that the better option is not to put a free appeal in, as the FM encouraged them to do, but to write to the newspapers, tell the BBC and/or write to John Swinney who, of course, does not work at the SQA.

As for the tatters, perhaps we’ll be better able to judge that claim one the Exam system for England shows us what it cannot do, like this:

6 thoughts on “Transparent Failures 1: The Edinburgh Tory Councillor pretends to be a journalist again”




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  2. Every man and his dog knows that the unionist establishment in Scotland has taken a severe pounding during this epidemic and are desperate to claw back some of that lost ground.
    A contrived message about the disastrous state of education in Scotland has been grasped as an opportunity to try and discredit the SG.
    Most Scots will not be fooled by this however and are well aware of the motivation behind these attacks.

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  3. Lies, dammed lies, and Britnat news outlets.

    We shall see shortly, when England’s children get their estimated results, just how honest these news outlets are, when they report.
    Will they report in the context of their dreadful frothing over the SQA (and Scottish government), or will they report, as they do on health, will a different process in Scotland to that down south??
    It has been announced today that an appeal process will now be allowed in England, following the Scottish procedure. No comment on Radio Scotland on this.


  4. Considering that it’s associated with the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, the Edinburgh Evening News is one of the least-biased papers around. It might have opinion pieces by McLellan, Cole-Hamilton and Murray, but it also has Angus Robertson and Alison Johnstone as columnists, while another of the regular writers is a strong SNP supporter. It doesn’t urge support for any one party or viewpoint at elections, and in 2014 it didn’t brush the violence and vandalism of Better Together supporters under the carpet.
    The main faults of the News are its relentless stirring in order to provoke a reaction – today it is describing that publicity-seeking idiot Clerkin as a ‘nationalist’ – and it persists in filling its letters page with Scotland In Union sewage.
    McLellan was editor of the News at one point, and as I remember he blamed the SNP for everything apart from the Burmese tsunami.

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  5. On BBC Reporting Scotland at lunchtime today there was, of course, a report on the exam results issue and the pupil protests in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I have no problem with young people (or anyone else) protesting if they feel they’ve suffered an injustice and in fact would encourage them. However, call me cynical but I’m a bit suspicious about the man with the megaphone at the Glasgow protest who was heard throughout the report (“What do we want..?” “When do we want it..?”) and seen at the end ‘speechifying’ to the pupils. Anyone recognise him?


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