Dr D – now you mustn’t let the …

Comment posted Film distributor makes VisitScotland seem responsible for heavy-handed Brave move on local cinemas by Robert Wakeham.

Dr D – now you mustn’t let the facts get in the way of a nice spot of paranoia. BBC Radio 4′s morning story this week, about life in Ceausescu’s Romania, should be prescribed listening for some of the more paranoid contributors to this website – perhaps they dream wistfully of that sort of society.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    Machmaolain – and many others – seem to very conveniently ignore the fact that the ‘London establishment’ has acquired at least (if not more than) its fair share of embedded Scots over the last three centuries.
    And they also seem to ignore the existence of an ‘Edinburgh establishment’ that’s certainly done its bit for the recently much reviled ‘financial services’ sector of the British economy. And then there’s the charming history of big-time rottenness in the political elite (an inappropriate word, I know) of the city of Glasgow.
    But enough, let Machmaolain rant on.
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    What nonsense – ‘the paying public’ are the reason for WF’s existence, and it’s created a very good service.
    The problem is in providing a decent passenger link between downtown Dunoon and Gourock station, either by bus-on-ferry or by dedicated pedestrian-friendly passenger ferry – and over what seems like decades now this has been suffering from an uncoordinated, fragmented, sometimes ill-informed and sometimes politically twisted state of chaos.
    And the efforts of the government seem really rather pathetic.
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    I expect that some of those ‘continentals’ whose trains are being run by British companies think it it would be nice if they weren’t.
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    This’ll make headlines around the world.

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11 Responses to Dr D – now you mustn’t let the …

  1. Do they have a legal right to make this demand?

    Another attempt to force the seperation issue down our throats. Appalling.

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    • “Another attempt to force the seperation issue down our throats.”

      I hadn’t realised that the SNP controlled the film industry in Scotland. They’re getting about, aren’t they. Appalling :-)

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  2. I think the Nats. are getting desperate.
    When the film was first promoted, earlier this year, I thought I would go to see it to try to spot the various bits of Scottish scenary. However, with all the ‘independence’ hype I have gone off the idea.
    One thought that has struck me: I understand that funding for the seperation campaign has strick rules. The Scotland Yes bunch are claiming not to receive money from outside Scotland. However, could it be possible for a rich person, who is sympathetic to the Scotland Yes campaign and living outside the UK, to invest heavily in such a film and also have a say in its marketing and commercial influence?
    Perhaps there is foreign funding for the Scotland Yes campaign afterall.

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    • Gosh! What diabolical lengths these Nats will go to: secret international funding of childrens’ film which will rock the (oh so steady) foundations of the UK state.

      There are, however, a few problems with this scenario:

      1: The film is aimed primarily at children (who don’t get a vote)

      2: The film is aimed largely at international markets (who don’t get a vote)

      3: At least one of the voice actors is an an avowed unionist (Billy Connelly)

      I think the silly season has well and truly started in the Lowry household.

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      • Dr D – now you mustn’t let the facts get in the way of a nice spot of paranoia. BBC Radio 4′s morning story this week, about life in Ceausescu’s Romania, should be prescribed listening for some of the more paranoid contributors to this website – perhaps they dream wistfully of that sort of society.

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  3. Paranoid I may well be, but I wonder if Newroom can find out if the same or similar communication has been sent out across the wider UK.

    Of course, it will be argued that they are just trying to promote Scotland as a tourist destination – without wind turbines, of course.

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  4. Lowry.
    Paranoid? After your comment about underhand international funding for the ‘Yes’ campaign i think you should be. I’ve got a funny feeling that after reading it, a few folk will now be talking about you. Do you know that if you play the last Proclaimers album backwards, you can clearly hear them say ‘vote yes’ 5 or 6 times.

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  5. When I was involved in the tourist industry (most of my thirty odd years in Argyll) the Scottish Tourist Board was considered useless except amongst themselves. Renamed Visit Scotland it’s just the same. All my friends still involved in the industry do not have a good word to say for them. Disband the overblown quango, it’s a waste of money and space.

    Quote: ‘Why do you mainly advertise in English journals rather than Scottish ones?’ Because there’s 5 million people in Scotland and 56 million in the rest of the UK. They’re just blithering idiots.

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  6. You have to laugh…We have a B & B in Oban and received a visitscotland email yesterday with a ‘very special invitation to attend a free screening of Brave’ and meet the one and only David Adams McGip (who? VS regional business director somebody?) in……Lochgilphead!!!
    No recognition that our very own Oban Pheonix cinema is opening after two years with Brave and needs all the local support it can get so trying to lure people away is at best misguided.

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