That’s a picture which the Herald should have credited to AFP Getty images, of waste containers in Malaysia from an unattributed country of origin.
It’s not even plastic waste. The Herald report is just about the export of plastic waste.
It’s almost certainly not Scottish waste but none of that matters because, the Corporate Glasgow Herald doesn’t really care that much about pollution.
They’ve headlined the story because they know it’ll attract lots of eager wee creatures to feed on it, to attack Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP and the Scottish Government and it’s clickbait for advertising revenue.
Within minutes they had one:
It’s got it all. One suggestion that Scotland is failing in something, preferably the headline story, and they’re off!
The Herald’s work is mostly done for it and the opposition parties, who may have fed the reporter in the first place, can now pick it up and run with it all day.
I had a wee twitter exchange with the Herald’s David Leask yesterday about the nature of reality. He was insisting that ‘reality is reality.’ Classic, really. See how this report, based on facts I know, plays a part in constructing reality for readers?
There are endless facts out there but the reality we come to accept as true is the consequence of the acceptance of only a handful from the myriad out there, and folk like the Herald, BBC and STV reporters have greater influence in forming it in our minds, by selecting from that myriad.