Jocky Horror Show
15th March 2017
In a scathing piece in the Guardian George Monbiot writes: “Whenever I visit Scotland, I’m reminded that Britain is politically dead from the neck down. South of the border, we tolerate repeated assaults on the commonweal. As the self-hating state destroys its own power to distribute wealth, support public services and protect the NHS from ruin; as it rips up the rules protecting workers, the living world, our food, water and the very air we breathe; as disabled people are pushed off a cliff and poor people are evicted from their homes, we stand and stare. As the trade minister colludes with the dark money network on both sides of the Atlantic, threatening much that remains, we shake our heads then turn away.”
But the key point he goes on to make is about the failure of “the frantic attempts by government and press to delegitimise the decision by the Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to call for a second independence vote.” This process is in full-flight.
Commentators who on the one hand intone sombrely about ‘divisiveness’ also publish columns such as Allison Pearson’s with headline such as “Nicola Sturgeon is a liar and a traitor – off with her head!”.
This is from the Lifestyle section of The Telegraph. It should, as Gerry Hassan has pointed out, be seen as inciting hatred and violence.
If there’s a dark side to media bias, there is a light side too. We can call it the ‘Elmar Brok Syndrome’, after the moment when this desperately-leading BBC questioner comes a cropper as the spokesman for the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs obviously hasn’t received the memo:
Media Lens do well to reflect on this whole phenomena, re-publishing some of the most choice extracts from the 2014 meltdown period when the British media class was in full panic mode (‘‘Dark Omens’ And ‘Horror Shows’: Scottish Independence, Power And Propaganda‘).
It’s good to be reminded of the breaking of purdah and the now really quite wonderful quote from Boris Johnson:
‘Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever. The Scots are on the verge of an act of self-mutilation that will trash our global identity.’
Whilst that statement stands as one of the most deeply ironic and comic of our time, and the visceral media propaganda that we have all witnessed is in full-flow, it’s worth resisting the temptation to become engaged in a Trump-like war against the media.
Let them pour out their hate, let them print their bile, let them broadcast their propaganda. An entire population is now entirely switched on to this. Our efforts should be spent on calmly and diligently making the case for an independent Scotland’s right to self-determination. That’s what we intend to do. If you would like to support us go here and help us out. Thank you.