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

  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on Daesh: ‘If we are to make real progress tackling extremism we must stop it at source – and call it what it is’
    Plenty of the ‘pious faithful’ down the years have been murderous headbangers, and I don’t think you can call this lot ‘infidels’ – they’ve got faith alright, of the vile variety.
    I’d put my money on the moniker ‘So-called ‘Islamic State”.
  • McGrigor calls on RMT to stop Friday strike against Calmac amidst fears for vital tourism economy
    Caledonian Steam Packet Ltd + David MacBrayne Ltd – and until recent years the two separate companies were reflected in the different unions representing Calmac staff in their historic operating areas.
  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on Daesh: ‘If we are to make real progress tackling extremism we must stop it at source – and call it what it is’
    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh is absolutely correct in stating that ‘you can’t defeat an existential threat with bombs and high-tech surveillance’, but in her desperation to disassociate the Muslims in this country from the extremist mindset, she can join Khalid al-Haj Salih et al in claiming that IS aka ISIL aka ISIS is categorically not Islamic until the cows come home – but this is fantasy.
    The name DAESH tells you that, if it’s supposed to be an acronym for ‘Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa’al Sham (sic) it quite clearly isn’t – it would be DIIS, but Khaled al-Haj Salih has conveniently avoided incorporating the ‘I’s of Islamiya & Iraq. I wonder why? – and so, I think, will any 16 year-old trawling the internet in their bedroom.
    But I don’t wonder why the BBC has refused to adopt this daft and blatantly inaccurate acronym.
    Tasmina would be better to emphasise that – rather than Muslims – anyone espousing this cause is in fact Mozlem (‘one who is evil and unjust’).
    Renaming the extremists ‘Daesh’ will not work at all – and if Tasmina is correct in stating that ‘the majority of Arabic speakers in the Middle East now use ‘Daesh’, I wonder why – unless it’s a way of disassociating themselves, in their own minds, from this tide of murderous fanatics.
  • Greece: Peston says ‘ECB expected to continue to refuse to rescue Greek banks’
    A touch smug for a Brit, Karl – what do you think those massive PFI hospital building contracts that have our NHS bleeding to death were all about?
    Gordon Brown’s initiative to keep major public capital expenditure ‘off the books’, and to hell with the cost to our children & grandchildren.
    It’s called ‘cooking the books’ and it’s alive & well in this country too – remember the civil disobedience campaign that eventually forced the government to ‘buy back’ the Skye bridge from the Colombian investors who were making a mint out of it?
  • Greece: Peston says ‘ECB expected to continue to refuse to rescue Greek banks’
    There’s two adages that have been dusted down recently with reference to the Greek situation -
    Firstly: ‘Pride comes before a fall’ (and there’s a lot of pride in Greek culture, some of it to do with the stunning legacy of classical Greek civilisations, with being a small fish in a big European pond, with the traumas of the 20th century history of the country, and with the historic paranoia (a Greek word) resulting from Turkish aggression and the Islamic ‘pirate’ raiders from around the Eastern Mediterranean)
    Secondly: ‘Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ – referring to the signs of economic revival, after years of steady economic decay post-2008, that seem to have been snuffed out by the election of Syriza and that party’s subsequent behaviour, and by the perceived arrogance of the creditors, particularly Germany – who laid waste to Greece (with some horrific atrocities) during WW2 and apparently got ‘let off’ a considerable amount of the reparations.

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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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