Why is the First Minister pictured here? Why is it not the Transport Minister, the Scotrail Chief Executive or the RMT union leader, who are clearly directly involved?
Back in 2011, Alex Salmond was recognised as having been demonised, by Iain Macwhirter in the same newspaper, writing:
In the past week the First Minister has been compared to the Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe. He has been cast as a “Jekyll and Hyde”https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/13039618.demonisation-alex-salmond/
In 2014, my own research noted the same phenomenon in the run-up to the referendum. I wrote:
Later that year, the Huffington Post agreed: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alan/snp-alex-salmond-has-been-demonised_b_6174718.html
Since she became First Minister in 2015, I’ve sometimes felt that Nicola Sturgeon attracted less of this tendency which consciously or subconsciously seeks to damage SNP support by characterising its leader as a failure in some way.
However, in 2019, we saw this:
And in 2021, we saw this on BBC Reporting Scotland Down:
There are no doubt many more examples but this makes the point, I think.