It’s been a while since the Herald offered a platform for attacks on SNP administrations by the teacher union, the EIS.
Today ‘the Herald understands’ something bad is happening in schools based only on an EIS source.
The Herald/EIS/Labour opposition links go back a long way. In December 2020, I pointed them out:
Don’t call me a conspiracy theorist!
Nobody is saying this is a conspiracy. Chomsky applies here too. These are members of the professional, political and media elites acting in what they feel are their own interests (attacking the SNP administration) and in so doing acting in the same interests of those elite groups.
Many of them were at uni in the 70s and 80s where they ran around with the RCG (Revolutionary Communist Group) because the SWP (Socialist Workers Party) was too soft, pretending they ‘d handled a Kalashnikov, calling the police ‘pigs’ and, behind their backs of course, saying the sociology lecturers were ‘ineffective liberal intellectuals.’
By 1997, most of these ‘Temporary Trots‘ had mutated into career Blairites and had gained jobs in teaching, in the unions and in the media. At the same time Alex Salmond had led the SNP troops in a flanking movement to the left of New Labour.
The SNP is the only left-of-centre party in Scotland with a realistic chance of creating a better country. They know that but can never forgive their more ethnic Nat foes back then for changing into what they hoped they’d become.
Back in June the English teacher union, the NEU, had this to say:
Today’s headline story based on another survey, with a self-selecting sample methodology that would fail a 1st year undergraduate, really has scraped the bottom of the cleaner’s bucket to find something the EIS leadership can throw at the SNP Government on behalf of Scottish Labour chums and against the likely wishes of their membership.
I’ll believe a vote for industrial action by a real majority of members when I see it.
I’ve been on strikes before but they were against a managerialist class in education then staffed by former Trots and applauded by others in the Scottish media. I don’t remember the EIS getting sympathetic media coverage from the Herald or the BBC in the early 80s, when action won the relatively good salaries and conditions teachers still have today.
Here are the facts again:
Though infection levels have risen in schools, there has been no surge, teachers have been shown to be no more at risk than other frontline workers and most of all, in the words of Professor Sridhar:
The overwhelming evidence from across the world is that children are safest in school and that school closures increase educational inequalities and have long-term detrimental outcomes for young people. Scotland’s success in providing primary and secondary children full-time, in-person learning from mid-August should be an example for other countries in the world deciding their schools’ policy.
I won’t repeat here, the full facts but you can see them at:
Mind you, perhaps inspired by Vic Reeves, they will not let it lie. True anti-intellectuals, they show contempt for evidence and plough on regardless.
Herald on November 24th:
BBC on November 23rd:
Scotsman on the 21st:
Herald on the 20th:
BBC Scotland on the 9th:
Herald on September 2nd:
The Herald in July:
These are just the ones I spotted. There will have been many more in the Sun and the Daily Record and on STV.
Has any trade union in history ever had such a warm reception in the state and corporate media?