Note: Stewart is not to blame for the headline nor the image above.
It will be ‘interesting’ to see this evening (Thursday) whether Reporting Scotland’s editors opt to amplify further the rants against Public Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and personally against John Swinney and the FM delivered today by club/pub owner Donald MacLeod MBE. He speaks, I understand, on behalf of the Glasgow Licensing Forum.
The BBC has already given him a platform at least twice today – on Radio Scotland this morning and on Radio 4’s World at One. He’s been sharing how much he supports Boris’ approach to dealing with Omicron and indulges in a wholesale denigration of what’s being done by the SG.
Immediately following his appearance on the World at One, there was an interview with a ‘nighttime industry advisor’ for Manchester . She not only agreed with Donald and supported ‘Boris’ but told listeners that because of the new restrictions she felt ‘sorry for Scotland, Wales and NI’. All contributions broadcast without challenge by the BBC – of course!
On one occasion Mr MacLeod told BBC listeners (in terms) that ‘Nicola Sturgeon tells us she’s now off work for the holidays while my staff fear the loss of their job’. I sincerely hope that the FM does get even the shortest (but much deserved) break over the next week or so but does this individual seriously think she will be off work having a holiday?
Mr MacLeod’s contributions today make those we have become familiar with from the Scottish Hospitality Group’s spokesperson seem mild, polite, respectful, reasoned and reasonable. That’s how bad IMHO today’s were. I had never heard of Mr MacLeod before but it seems he pronounce from time to time via the pages of the Herald. On 17 December he wrote there under the headline ‘Donald MacLeod: Our NHS is not fit for purpose’! So perhaps a polymath?