There’s a long stain behind Scotland’s corporate and state journalists struggling to blame the ‘SNP Scottish Government’ or its associated services, especially in health and policing, for something, anything.
Only we a few days ago we had the Scotsman’s Connor Matchett using the comments of one religious fundamentalist councillor from Skye to attempt to transfer blame, from the corporate care home owners, for Covid deaths, onto the Scottish Government’s inspectors. Bizarrely, the inspectors who have carried out fewer inspections during the pandemic, for obvious reasons, are to blame for not catching out the neglect of the owners!
Last night we saw one Labour councillor given space to headline, on BBC Reporting Scotland, supposed concerns that Scotland is only just introducing a digital vaccine passport.
Today, the Herald’s Martin Williams takes the side of Bermuda-based corporation Multiplex/BPS, and attempts to smear the health board with a number of misrepresentations.
He starts with
SCOTLAND’s largest health board faces having a £73m damages claim kicked out over design flaws and defects that compromised safe healthcare at the £800m superhospital complex after being accused of a breach of contract. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, which was placed under special measures last year by the Scottish Government, has been accused of sidestepping a contractual obligation to carry out an independent dispute resolution over the dispute by pursuing the matter in court and moves have been made to have the claim dismissed.
First, however, the headline is designed to draw all of us ‘taxpayers’ in on his and the corporation’s side. This is a myth perpetuated to undermine public services and to promote the interests of the private sector. See this from Professor Richard Murphy’s blog in 2020:
Let us never forget this fundamental truth: the State is the only source of money in the economy. If you wish to earn, invest or spend some money, you can only do that by getting some money from the State (or from the banks which the State allows to create money by lending) and which the State has not yet recouped in tax. It is no good thinking there is any other source of money – it all comes from the State. There is no such thing as taxpayer’s money; there is only public money.
Second, and more important given my over-riding purpose here, to expose media bias against our interests in the wider YES movement, Williams, from first words above, takes the corporation’s side and takes against the health board, immediately implying incompetence and waste. Note, also, the deceitful reference to ‘special measures?’
Do these have anything to do with the management of the contract to build the hospital? No, they were concerned with the management of infection control. This is dishonest.
Who is the contractor? We read on with much detail of deaths in the hospital NOT proven to have resulted from any failure by the health board and, only after more than 20 paragraphs:
There is no mention, of course, by this corporate journalist, that this is a business based in Bermuda for the all the usual tax ‘efficiencies.’
Note that the contractor makes no attempt to justify the quality of the work done but rather falls back on legal technicalities set up in the first place to protect businesses from the citizen.
To finish, note how Williams phrases the judge’s options, to ‘boot the claim out?’
Hmm, kinda makes you wonder whose side this journalist is on?
Remember this from the Herald:
Trusted? By which side?