Sunday, January 15, 2012

HeraldScotland-the 'Winds of Change'?

Has the winds of change finally been felt by a leading Scottish paper? The Herald, along with the Scotsman, was as Unionist as it comes but the Herald has either seen the political light or is eyeing up the revenues it may receive come the referendum debate. There will be a lot of money to be spent, by both sides, and should be a windfall for whichever paper grabs the most in advertising revenues. I suspect that STV and Grampian are eyeing this up as well.

Now, I am not saying that all the political stories in the Herald are pro-SNP but there is definitely a shift away from being anti-SNP. It is definitely a start, as opposed to the BBC in Scotland who are not dependent on revenues.


  1. As opposed to the wind being taken out of the Labour party by Henry McLeish? Now we begin to see what the Labour party nowadays are really all about. They would rather back the Tories in attempting to stop democracy in Scotland than stand up for the Scottish voters right to self-determination.

  2. I stopped reading the Herald due to all the bias but will give it another go if it's more neutral. When did it scrap the paywall system ? I used to only get a few lines of text before it was blocked by the paywall.
    The BBC will never change. Like you say it has the tv tax so can spout any drivel it wants to with no comeback.
    They're not just anti SNP but are main cheerleaders for the global warming scam. No programme escapes their drivel.

    'New Tricks' ( a shallow drama that can be watched while reading a good book) had a mad prof this week. Totally barking with about 5 disinterested students listening to him go on about ' mangina's' etc. I said to the burd. £10 he's potrayed as a climate skeptic ?
    5 minutes later the mad prof goes off on one about 'the global warming myth' etc. The BBC think they're clever you see and try to link things they don't like with nutters. The propoganda is as old as the BBC. Just read articles from WW2 about 'the wonderful Anderson shelters' . Total death traps made of old iron and sand that killed thousands. People opted to hide in their basement or neighbour's basement. But the govt needed to potray them as useful safety shelters. Similar with the London underground system which was locked at night to stop people 'hiding'. The BBC supported this madness until there were riots in London and the underground tube system was opened for sheltering. Ditto the so called 'all in it together' blitz spirit. Rubbish. Merchant sailors drowned in their thousands to bring the finest foods for the London elite. And when the sailors were shipwrecked they went without pay until they found a new berth. And so their families suffered.
    Like I say propaganda has existed for as long as power has been sought.

  3. RM,

    I don't know when they scrapped it.
    As to the global warming scam I was always, and still am, a sceptic. My scepticism was further increased when they thought it was a good idea to tac carbon dioxide emissions. A decent volcanic eruption will produce far more global warming chemicals than we do but, depending on the quantity and type of dust it will also cool the planet.
    I agree with you about the Anderson shelters. It is the same with the helmets supplied to the armed forces; it will not stop a bullet. It was brought in to give you the confidence to go out and get killed. The locking of the underground was atrocious. I remember reading about that years ago and compared it to the propaganda put out then, and still, by the media arm of the Government; the BBC.
    My uncle was a merchant seaman during the war on the Murmansk run. He got fed up with it, as far as I am told, and joined Lovat's Scouts just in time for the war ending. I don't know what was up with my family with joining the armed forces. An other uncle of mine ran off and joined the newly formed commandoes and was involved in the Raid on Dieppe. He was one of the lucky ones who managed to escape.

  4. RM if you refreshed the page and then pressed escape one got access to the whole article which might be why they have given up.

  5. cynical...ta for that belated info ;)

    Ged..I've seen interviews with soldiers who showed where the bullet had hit their helmet and they survived so it's a better helmet than before.
    I remember reading about WW1 and how the number of casualties with head injuries surged after the new tin helmet was introduced. They explained that previously the soldier had died outright after a head shot but now they occasionally survived.
    That Dieppe raid was on tv recently and it said the raid was pointless as the Resistance had a better plan waiting in the wings. Probably nonsense as I think it was on the BBC.
    'The Forgotten Highlander' would be a good book for you to read. It's about a Scots soldier in Burma and Singapore. Can't remember the author ( biography)

  6. Papers like to be associated with winners... Look at the Sun when it saw which way the election campaign was going.

    The supported the SNP.

    I guess the herald is hedging its bets, and at the same time trying to become the voice of Scotland, now that the Hootsman's circulation is becoming risible.

    Still haven't worked out how to get your word verification removed Ged...

  7. RM,

    I remember getting a lecture on what to do if there was a nuclear explosion. We would have to lie down facing the explosion with face in the dirt and our arms under our bodies. Then get up and turn around and do exactly the same in the opposite direction to overcome the return blast. Sure! Fifty ton tanks are flying through the air along with buildings and lying in the dirt is going to help us?
    As to the raid on Dieppe I remember reading an article on WWII history and the raid was to let the USSR know that we were listening them about opening a second front. In other words those brave soldiers were sacrificed.

  8. Tris,

    I still think the Herald is eyeing up the revenues that are going to be flying about close to the referendum but anything that helps is better than nothing.