Why is Nicola Sturgeon in that insert, above? She is not quoted in the article. The Transport Secretary is not quoted either, nor is she the CE of Transport Scotland:
So, an official might have suggested scaling back landings but we do noy, even for that official, have a quotable proposal.
Returning to the First Minister being pictured as some how responsible for the words, perhaps, of an official in an ‘arms-length’ agency responsible to a department for which she has no day-to-day or tactical role in, this is demonising whereby the views of many are conflated with one high-profile figure in an effort to damage their standing. It doesn’t happen, much, in the other parts of the UK. The PM is not pictured with empty railway stations, nor with queues of ambulances not of of lorries in Kent.
In Scotland we get, endlessly, images like that above and these below:
The demonising of first ministers by Scotland’s media goes back to the beginnings of the SNP power surge with Alex Salmond.
Personalising the ambitions of millions for a second referendum and reducing them to the wishes of one person, the First Minister, cast my mind back 7 years to the Spring of 2014, when I wrote:
Plus ça change?
Demonising of the SNP leadership does, of course, happen in UK media, notably from the threatened left, in cartoons:
Peter Brookes in 2020.
Steve Bell in 2015.
Steve Bell in 2014.
Steve Bell in 2013.