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Comment posted Commons Culture Committee loses all perspective in Murdoch declaration by Ken MacColl.

That simply will not wash and the oft repeated lie does not become any more true from repetition ad nauseum.
What gave “us” Thatcher was the everwhelming votes of the UK electorate, although Scots remained doggedly unenthusiastic, and the UK electors sadly gave us her more than once.

The majority verdict of the Culture Committee appears to have been driven by the obsessive Tom Watson, MP, who blythely manages to overlook the long association of Blair/Brown with News International,e.g. the numerous back door visits to 10 Downing Street, the invitation to be Godfather( is that not appropriate?)to one of Bliar’s children, the sudden dash by Blair to attend a Far East Murdoch summit and the sad huff by Brown when the relationship went sour.

There is an effective Peter Brookes cartoon in today’s Times with Tom Harris stating

After months of evidence…
from this vile, corrupt and morally bankrupt company…
our committee is ready to publish…
my forgeone conclusions.

Sadly by following his lead the Committee has effectively ended with its credibility and its deliberations tainted by overstepping its brief and blindly following the party line.

Needless to state Mr Harris has a book published!

I note that Jim Sheridan is one of the Labour committee members and that in itself would cause me concern. Those who saw him on Newsnight Scotland on Tuesday night will understand what I mean.

Ken MacColl also commented

  • Not with me I assure you.
    I share Bill Jardine’s attitude to the anonymous commentator.
  • I agree. The BBC and BBC Scotland in particular are often lamentable.
    Only today with a revised schedule Politics Today failed to cover FMQ although there was no clash with Prime Minister’s Questions as Westminster has, apparently, “risen” Instead, we were treated to a long and extremely boring discussion about drought which Andrew Neil assured us was affecting “the entire nation” About time sonebody gave him a ring from Paisley.
  • Robert,

    I have to confess I have never bought it although it seldom seems to follow the pack and its front pages are mostly original in design and approach.Should I give it a try?

    I don’t buy it myself but I read the P&J closely every day in connection with my work and the Argyll & Bute weeklies but I find FA a very useful source of opinion and reaction.

  • The Sun, obviously, only not in Scotland.

    I am a fan of the Newspaper Review that takes place at 1130 pm on SkyNews where two assorted media people comment on the newspapers as they are published. Obviously the issues that they cover are the important “metropolitan” ones and I am struck at the variations that appear on the Scottish editions when I see them on my newsagents displays the next morning.

    The Daily Telegraph and the Scottish (sic) Daily Mail regularly and The Times and the Scottish (ha ha) Daily Express frequently carry anti-Scottish Government slants to their front covers. These sell so few copies here that we needn’t be unduly concerned at any influence that they might aspire to.

    The Guardian, though well presented and written, makes few, if any concessions to the Scottish political scene, I suspect that Scottish Labour, while useful at one time, causes them some embarassment, and I am surprised that it sells here at all.

    The Record, bless it, sticks rigorously to the old Labour line apart from Joan MacAlpine once a week, and the other red tops seem much more interested in Simon Cowell than in our one.

    Labour’s sour grapes at losing the support of The Sun seem like a gross over reaction.

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    My thanks should, of course, have been to Robert Wakeham who contributes regularly and always has the courtesy to associate his name to his opinions.
  • Argyll & Bute MP’s inspired transport for summer tour
    Thank you ,Hugh.

    I stopped contributing, or indeed reading, FA some time ago as I can’t see the point of repeatedly inane comments from a small group of anonymous armchair critics-the contribution from OBAN4ME illustrates that in spades. For his/her information the audience was self selecting from the public and the questioners were chosen at random. There was an opportunity for around 30 minutes following the meeting for further interaction between public and elected members. The contrast between the conduct of this event and the closed shop cabals of the likes of Gordon Brown or PM Cameron are revealing.

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    All this culminated in an open public meeting in the evening attended by more than 300 at the Atlantis Leisure Centre where the First Minister led her Cabinet in responding to an extensive open Q&A session followed by an informal opportunity for meeting with the cabinet members over tea and cake.
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    How sad to see that what started some years ago as an informative and sometimes challenging website has descended to this juvenile level of political commentary.
    Carries a distinct whiff of the Daily Mail.
    Certainly has no connection to the late and great Spike Milligan.

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    I met a colleague in Oban this morning who advised me that the SNP had won three by elections on Thursday of this week. I knew that those contests were being held but had heard nothing in the morning news bulletins so I asked him where he had the information from.
    “Oh” he replied, ” I have not yet confirmed the news but I knew that as BBC Scotland had not announced the results or even put them on their website they could only be positive for the nationalists.”
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