John McLellan is by no means a journalist these days if he ever was. He’s a political campaigner for the Scottish Conservatives allowed to hide in the pages of the Scotsman and snipe at the SNP.
Briefly, on ‘shattered trust’ does he mean this from Opinium on 17th March 2021?
Which, if any, of the following people do you think would be the best First Minister of Scotland?
- Nicola Sturgeon: 50%
- None of these: 15%
- Don’t know: 13%
- Douglas Ross: 12%
- Anas Sarwar: 10%
I know who is shattered.
Here he is:
He got more votes than any other candidate? Wow! Is that why he won?
Some details suggesting he might not be all that professional:
On 23 June 2012 McLellan was appointed director of communications of the Scottish Conservatives. Former Tory spin doctor Ramsay Jones was suspended during the previous year’s party leadership elections. McLellan advised Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson on communications strategy, direction and content.
In the May 2017 Scottish local government elections McLellan was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council as Conservative councillor, one of four councillors for the Craigentinny & Duddingston Ward.
He was a member of the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee (2006–12).
The last one suggests an affinity with the preservation of the UK beyond what most other Unionist journos feel they need to demonstrate – House Jock Max.
McLellan’s commitment to quality journalism is always not evident:
England’s good progress? Why not Scotland’s good progress? I suppose it was the first country he thought of.