Neil Mackay’s big fib on homophobia in Scotland

I try not to read Writer at Large, Neil Mackay, but that headline sneakily telling those who pay attention that he didn’t say that but that he’d like to suggest it’s actually true, needs a rebuttal. He even writes: What do those supposed UK data, almost certainly England & Wales data, have to do with an article clearly headlined as being about Scotland? Shoddy, lazy, dishonest? How about some facts? Cases reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20, show a statistically insignificant increase in hate crimes relating to sexual orientation . We don’t … Continue reading Neil Mackay’s big fib on homophobia in Scotland

Mackay’s ‘distinguished educator’ is barely distinguishable

Nicola Sturgeon has asked the people of Scotland to judge her on her record over education. Neil McLennan, one of the nation’s most distinguished educators, has judged her … and he finds her record badly lacking. By our Writer at Large Neil Mackay SPEND a few hours talking to Neil McLennan and it is difficult to imagine him even giving a pass grade to the Scottish Government when it comes to education. His assessment will sting Nicola Sturgeon. https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19834326.neil-mackays-big-read-snp-nationalism-destroying-education—devastating-assessment-sturgeon-schools-leading-scottish-educationalist/ This is going to come across as a bit snobby but, hey, ‘one of the nation’s most distinguished educators?’ I was in … Continue reading Mackay’s ‘distinguished educator’ is barely distinguishable

Neil Mackay, Scotland’s Ross Kemp

Over recent weeks we’ve seen tensions around the planet ratchet up considerably. There’s the weaponisation of space; Cold War in the Pacific threatening to turn hot; and tensions along Europe’s eastern frontier. https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19723673.neil-mackay-snp-vision-independent-scotland-fit-world-threat-war-grows-daily/ Straight-off, you think, well if it’s so dangerous out there for smaller countries, there must be examples of some applying to unite with bigger, more weaponised neighbours who could protect them from…..China? Russia? Iran? Belorus? Tell us Neil? Why not I wonder? Is that because nobody is currently threatening their smaller neighbours? Even North Korea has gone quiet. Has he seen this: As for the SNP vision, … Continue reading Neil Mackay, Scotland’s Ross Kemp

Neil Mackay’s lack of self-awareness hurts

I haven’t looked at the text. The headline is enough. He has to be kidding or worryingly lacking in self-awareness. This is the man who wrote: From Neil Mackay in the Herald in January 2020 (Who are these unnamed dark forces above?) I wrote then, equally disturbed by Mackay’s mythologyzing of facts: From Lord Robertson in 2014 From Professor Tom Devine in 2018 Neil Mackay may be ‘Scotland’s Columnist of the Year’ but he’s feck all use as an investigative reporter. Does ‘columnist just mean ‘blether?’ This is pathetic clickbait to make us anxious and cling to the Union but based on … Continue reading Neil Mackay’s lack of self-awareness hurts

Neil Mackay paid to be oh so wrong again?

We need read no further, the headline tells all and is all wrong, very wrong, again. I’ve been drawn into rebutting Mackay’s scare stories more times than I care to remember. Should you have a perverse notion to read them try this: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=Mackay Perhaps one of his most deranged was this in January 2020: Echoing the mad language of Lord NATO Robertson, he ignored the facts from Scotland’s top historian and researcher: So, probably wasting more time than I should, is there any evidence for, in particular, the second part of his claim. He is correct to say we have … Continue reading Neil Mackay paid to be oh so wrong again?

Neil ‘Troubles’ Mackay’s Big Nightmare: The inside story of Scotland’s teeny far-right

From the Herald’s Writer at Large (anything goes), yesterday: Extremism is now mainstream. Globally, the far right is shaking democracy to its foundations. How did this happen? To find out, Writer at Large Neil Mackay speaks to Dr Joe Mulhall, one of the world’s leading experts on the far right and a man who risked his life infiltrating extremist organisations in order to discover their plans to seize power. Scotland has long had its own far right groups from Combat 18 to the National Front and BNP. However, the far right additionally plays into the loyalist-republican divide in Glasgow. There’s … Continue reading Neil ‘Troubles’ Mackay’s Big Nightmare: The inside story of Scotland’s teeny far-right

Creative Writer at Large, Neil Mackay attacks the SNP on…i forget…oh anything he can make up really.

In a supposed ‘premium’ report from the Herald’s Writer at Large, Neil Mackay: IT should come as no surprise in this age of hypocrisy, that those among us who shout the most about how special and empathetic Scotland is as a nation, should turn out, when the crunch comes, to be the least kind, the most lacking in consideration, the last to offer sympathy. Right now, teachers in Scotland are terrified for their health and wellbeing. With vast swathes of the country back in lockdown, teachers, like nurses and police officers, have to man the frontline, unlike most of us. They’re at risk in … Continue reading Creative Writer at Large, Neil Mackay attacks the SNP on…i forget…oh anything he can make up really.

Neil Mackay calls us ‘terminally dim!’ Good one!

Ha! We know where the trust is draining. Neil Mackay opens with this: NICOLA Sturgeon is burning up her most valuable asset, trust, through her handling of the toxic and protracted Alex Salmond saga. This self-destruction couldn’t come at a worse time – for the country that is, not the First Minister or the SNP. Political careers and party fortunes mean nothing when weighed against the wellbeing of a nation. The Scottish Government’s handling of coronavirus hasn’t been that much better than the UK Government. We all know that – it’s only the brutally partisan or terminally dim who believe otherwise. We’re … Continue reading Neil Mackay calls us ‘terminally dim!’ Good one!

Herald’s Neil Mackay tipped as new Darth Vader after star performance with his dark materials

I know, I’ve mixed a bit of George Lucas in with a dash of Philip Pulman there but, hey, so what? In the Clickbait Herald today ‘British Irish Investigative Journalist’, Neil Mackay: It’s repellent to behold. Power and ambition seem more important than keeping the party of government united at a time of national crisis. Labour and the Tories are doing less to undermine the FM than some on her own side. What is Mackay thinking when he writes this kind of thing? He knows it’s not even remotely true. All he has is a handful of senior, or once … Continue reading Herald’s Neil Mackay tipped as new Darth Vader after star performance with his dark materials

I think we know that the ‘Calderwood saga’ will damage her as much as the Salmond and Mackay sagas didn’t

Scott Macnab of the Herald does well to be less certain than many of his colleagues have been about damage to her and to the SNP, resulting from those fading sagas around Derek Mackay and Alex Salmond. The polls are clear. SNP support has been climbing since December from 40-45% to hover around 50% in last 4. Unless we think support would’ve have been even higher at say 60% but for these sagas, we can be sure that they have neither harmed the party nor its leadership. More accurately, from the Opinium poll on 26th March respondents were asked: To … Continue reading I think we know that the ‘Calderwood saga’ will damage her as much as the Salmond and Mackay sagas didn’t