James Cook does have a point but…

Like many of you, I wondered why on earth the Scottish Transport Secretary was prepared to be interviewed aggressively when the minister responsible, Grant Shapps, was allowed to just spout some vague generalities out in a field.

While the opportunities were not perhaps ‘ample’, Matheson certainly could have reminded Cook that the rail infrastructure, its funding, maintenance, inspection and any relevant ministerial report reading are reserved matters and then he might have suggested he keep his shouted interruptions for the man responsible.

Here’s the point. He shouldn’t have to. While many social media commentators did not at first realise that the rail infrastructure is reserved to Westminster, Cook surely did, so why was he shouting at Matheson as if he didn’t? I can think of no favourable explanation.

As for the notion that Matheson should have read, in the hours between the event and his visit, reports written explicitly for the UK Department of Transport, which may or may not have been forwarded to him, is absurd.

Does Cook feel that the role of Scottish Transport Secretary is not demanding enough on its own and requires additional reading?

Does Cook feel that his own personal importance required Matheson to prepare more thoroughly, thinking he better be ready to answer questions on behalf of his Imperial Master, Shapps, who had to fly back south, quickly to continue his pretended self-quarantining?

10 thoughts on “James Cook does have a point but…”

  1. Like you John I queried Mr Cook and why he was not putting his questions to Grant Shapps who is the person responsible for Network Rail,needless to say I still have had no reply,maybe he is taking a leaf out of Davidson’s book who never reply’s to email and now she has trained her deputy Ross doing the same.

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  2. The British Nationalist government in England, and their jobsworths at Holyrood, wholly rely on people, in Scotland, but also in England, not knowing which powers are reserved to the Westminster government. It took me years to find out, many still do not know and that’s massively convenient to the myth that Scotland is ‘subsidy junkie’, and at the same time, responsible for matters, (powers) outwith their control. Win win for the unionists!

    James Cook follows orders, and goes along with that, but he is not unique in that in the so called media, just perhaps more aggressive in his attempt to deny the truth.

    Come the Scottish election, the SNP MUST ensure that the people of Scotland know which powers their government is denied, with many many crucial decisions being made by their neighbour, affecting their lives, and children’s lives and so on. Uniformed, the people are easy to manipulate, easy to lie to. Last year some petition site based in England demanded that the ‘Scottish MOD’ stop killing sea life with their sonar weapons etc in Scottish waters! Obviously there is no Scottish MOD, those powers are held by the government in London, England, but 1000s signed the petition! Also, we still have EVEL!

    The people of Scotland need to know where power lies, and of course, Brexit, forced onto Scotland, is going to have an even more detrimental effect on the people of Scotland than the current bizarre, ridiculous situation. Hell, Scotland is not allowed broadcasting powers! That must ring alarm bells to anyone with an ounce of a sense of justice and democracy.

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  3. Cook’s defence that “Have you stopped beating your wife” could have been better answered “I have never beaten my wife” is arrogance personified.

    He deliberately set out to convey to viewers a false perspective, was caught out and exposed for another “I’ve see the email FM” moment.
    Yet instead of having the good sense to take cover in silence, he decided to double down on it?
    Now THAT “is absurd”.

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  4. Can you imagine a world where the BBC takes seriously its responsibility to inform?

    ‘Here is mr Matheson to discuss this tragic event. Responsibility for rail infrastructure is of course reserved to westminster, whose representative visited the site as have you, mr Matheson.
    From the Scottish government perspective , can you tell us whether the uk government shares or discusses the safety and inspection reports relating to the infrastructure that ScotRail services have to use, and will they be including you in their review of this accident?’

    I think I’ll be waiting a while for such an approach to be common.


  5. Back in the pre-Premiership days, when the top English football teams grew their own talent, instead of wasting billions buying it in, every year the cream os Scotland’s schoolboy players went south to English clubs. But, for every Billy Bremner or Denis Law who stayed and made the grade, another ten would be back up the road by age 17.

    Some fared better at home, and in time returned to star int he English game, but, most ended up back playing for their local junior or lower league Scottish clubs.

    Well, James Cook is a wee bit like that. He caught the eye of the BBC’s London-based talent scouts, and was sent out to the USA to see if he could cut it. But, he ended up, back in Glasgow, working mainly for a programme which few people can be bothered to watch. So, now he has to shout and stamp his feet in an effort to appear still relevant.

    And, he has a track record as an attack dog against the BBC.

    He maybe fancies Brewer’s role, since his programme is suffering a bit of a droop.

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  6. Cook overlooked this interesting bit of research by Tom Harris, Brexiteer, lobbyist and DT columnist.

    Click to access Is-Scotland-on-the-Right-Track.pdf

    Few rail travellers in Scotland think their needs are prioritised. Few have any idea of where the responsibility for delays lies. Many expect a rail journey to be disrupted.

    Among the most frequent users of the railways 93% want either exclusive Scottish government oversight (73%) while the remainder want UK and Scottish oversight.

    Among all rail travellers more than 60% want all decisions about the railways to be taken by organisations under the oversight of a Scottish government while a further 30% want a combination of UK and Scottish government oversight.

    That so many of us in Scotland are a little confused about devolved and reserved matters does not reflect well on the BBC.


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