In the run-up to an election, candidate in 2016 for RISE: Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism, James McEnany offers some anecdotal stuff from some teachers suggesting they’re responsible for nothing that happens in schools and that Nicola Sturgeon is ‘looking to blame them’ for the ‘mess’. This is an attempt to weaken support for the SNP.
I see no statements by the FM blaming anyone or evidence of a mess, in reliable sources using reliable survey data from a representative sample of teachers.
I see no acknowledgment of McEnaney’s loyalties to a cluster of former and current political organisations participating in the 2021 Holyrood election. McEnaney has long a list of contributions to debate in the media and in political contexts, including Holyrood committees. I agree with some of his stuff but it tends to be uniformly concerned to attack the SNP, neglecting weakness in the opposition parties. He’s entitled. Indeed, I welcome his involvement. That’s democracy in action.
The above is not democracy in action. As in his regular pieces in the National, McEnaney does not show us his baggage. Readers deserve to know where he is coming from. They should be treated like adults.
The Scotsman’s John McLellan never tells us that he is a Tory Councillor and former adviser to Ruth Davidson. In this respect (only) McEnaney is no better than him.