UPDATED: Just Silly Season for the Scottish Tory Leader on Radio Scotland?

We can see the Herald thought this was a worthy headline story:

A political row has been sparked after Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross missed a VJ Day service to work as a linesman at a football match. The Moray MP served as a linesman during a Scottish Premiership match between Kilmarnock and St Johnstone and was unable to attend a constituency event to honour WW2 veterans in Forres.

Bit of a no-brainer?

What did Good Morning Scotland’s panel think? The section was introduced with the notion that the newspapers are in ‘Silly Season‘ with nothing important to cover. The Ross story was mentioned but then ignored.

Why did he do it? Why did Dominic Cummings do it? Why did Boris Johnson do it? Self-centred, elitist, rules are for plebs, sociopathic? You choose.

UPDATED: Don’t know how I missed it but I did. Luckily reader Norm (NORM!!!) did not. See:

norm

BBC presenter: And the Douglas Ross story, I suppose we just say… well we’ve got a picture of him… it’s not as if he’s hidden away…

Penny Taylor: Douglas Ross, new leader of the Tories in Scotland, who has always said that he would continue to referee football games, which is what he did before, evidently chose to referee a football game. Its striking to me that the Sunday Mail seems to have become the organ of the Corbynite faction in Labour, perhaps in Scotland at the moment. It seems to be running very specific pieces every week.

Worse than ignored, but blamed on Scottish ‘Corbynites’? Penny Taylor creating conspiracy theories on the hoof. Don’t do this often but going to complain that such drivel was broadcast.

7 thoughts on “UPDATED: Just Silly Season for the Scottish Tory Leader on Radio Scotland?”

  1. BBC presenter: And the Douglas Ross story, I suppose we just say… well we’ve got a picture of him… it’s not as if he’s hidden away…

    Penny Taylor: Douglas Ross, new leader of the Tories in Scotland, who has always said that he would continue to referee football games, which is what he did before, evidently chose to referee a football game. Its striking to me that the Sunday Mail seems to have become the organ of the Corbynite faction in Labour, perhaps in Scotland at the moment. It seems to be running very specific pieces every week.

    Worse than ignored, but blamed on Scottish ‘Corbynites’? Penny Taylor creating conspiracy theories on the hoof. Don’t do this often but going to complain that such drivel was broadcast.

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    1. Is there some unionist playbook out there that prioritises who to blame?

      1. Blame the SNP
      2. Blame the Greens
      3. Blame cybernats
      4. Eh, if you can’t blame anyone pro-Indy go for Corbynites

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  2. Are the standard of headlines directly proportional to the drop in sales of the press and are the sub-headings even more so?
    The press already have an anti-SNP, anti Scotland bias so any additional click-bating is getting into the realms of self mockery.
    To give some examples with no political bias at all just terrible journalistic sensationalism.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/26/cloud-cuckoo-land-how-one-birds-epic-migration-stunned-scientists-onon-aoe
    Hint, no one was stunned. The 26,000 km journey is wonderful enough with out the unsourced ‘stunned’ claim.
    It is amazing that land birds cross the Indian Ocean but this has been known about for several years, Cuckoos and Amar Falcons do it every year. I have seen them both in Goa accumulating before the crossing to Africa. It is thought the falcons feed on dragonflies also using the same route.
    The Cuckoo named Orion didn’t cross the Indian Ocean on the outward journey only the homeward one. It is more difficult to cross oceans for land birds as they can’t stop but every year American land birds arrive in the UK. They are rare but it happens every year.

    Thankfully a couple of weeks later the same newspaper published something a much more down to earth which showed that:
    Last year a Manx Shearwater travelled 7,564 miles and back to UK. That is 24,140km. No hyperbole.
    In 2016 an Arctic Tern flew 95,997 miles round trip in one year. Well over three times the distance of the cuckoo.
    Both can land on water.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/07/arctic-tern-makes-longest-ever-migration-equal-to-flying-twice-around-the-planet

    Another
    The sub-heading says ‘long-lost species such as wild cats’
    There is nothing about wild cats in the article and they are not long lost. They are still present in Scotland. Wild Cats are not the same as Lynx they are totally different species.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/12/missing-lynx-how-rewilding-britain-could-restore-its-natural-balance

    And last week
    ‘Labour seeks review after police and RSPB link sharp rise in killings to hunting season.’
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/12/call-grouse-shooting-licensed-rise-bird-prey-deaths
    The illegal pesecution isn’t linked to the hunting season which is a period of time. The sub-heading makes the casual reader think that the crimes are committed in the hunting season and even by the hunters. They are committed at all times of the year but primarily in the spring to stop birds breeding and by gamekeepers and almost never by hunters.*

    The list is endless and this is supposed to be the newspaper for intelligent people. But it would be a shock if The Scotsman didn’t publish a sensation aimed headline.

    *Unless you happen to have the surname Windsor, one of your houses happens to be at Sandringham and/or you are one of the largest landowners in the UK with a middle name van.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/nov/07/monarchy.wildlife
    https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2020/08/06/campaign-for-protection-of-moorland-communities-whos-involved/
    the last line of which links to guess who

    Click to access moorland-communities-tradition-ltd_articlesincorporation.pdf

    The apple hasn’t fallen far from the trees in both cases
    https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/norfolk-landowner-hugh-van-cutsem-linked-to-prince-charles-investment-in-paradise-papers-leak-1-5270037

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  3. A certain well known phrase is recalled to mind
    And the current state of socio economic
    Affairs in Neo Liberal Capitalist Nations
    Spring it to the front

    Let Them Eat Cake

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  4. SO NONE OF HIS FAMILY FRIENDS ANCESTORS
    FOUGHT IN THESE GREAT WARS

    OR DOES HE NOT HIVE A SHIT ABOUT UNIONIST
    ARMED FORCES

    This cretin is an disgrace to his country. (England that is)
    BORIS SHOULD BE KICKING HIS ERSE

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    1. “This cretin is an disgrace to his country. (England that is)
      BORIS SHOULD BE KICKING HIS ERSE”

      But but but…
      dePiffle is on (“well-earned”) paternity leave…

      *extracts tongue from cheek*

      BTW, those who aren’t overly fond of the revered PM maintain that calling him Boris is reinforcing the ‘cuddly bear’ image he’s carefully built up, so it shouldn’t be done.

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