Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yet another sign that Scottish Labour have adopted the "Big Lie" model of political propaganda

OK, so let me get this straight. The formal campaign for the Holyrood election runs for more than a month. During that period, there has been/will be four editions of the BBC's Question Time broadcast across Scotland in a prime slot. All four of them will feature a Labour representative. In all likelihood, just one - tonight's - will feature an SNP representative. According to an official complaint submitted by Labour (!), this means that the SNP are being given -

"unfair airtime during an election campaign"

Righty-ho, guys. Whatever you say.

After Labour's wholesale stealing of a number of flagship SNP policies (council tax freeze, no tuition fees, retention of A&E services, free prescriptions, etc, etc) followed by the brazen claim that "the SNP are puffing and panting to catch up" with Labour's agenda, it's becoming ever more clear that Iain Gray's mob have consciously embraced the "Big Lie" model of political propaganda, as defined by George Orwell in the following terms -

"The key-word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts."

1 comment:

  1. The SNP are also desperately chasing the Tories who have delivered 1,000 extra police officers; a four year Council Tax freeze; cuts in business rates for thousands of small businesses; a new drugs strategy; and a £60m town centre regeneration fund.

    I had thought it was the SNP who were delivering these things, but every time I see a Tory on the box these claims go unchallenged, so I must be mistaken...