Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Scot Goes Pop fundraiser closes with £5937 raised

I'm delighted (and slightly relieved!) to say that the second Scot Goes Pop fundraiser has finally closed.  Including one offline donation, it raised a grand total of £5937 - that's almost 20% more than the original target.  Thanks again to the 208 people who donated, and I'll do my best not to let you down.

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I had already received an automated acknowledgement of my submission to the BBC Trust consultation last week, so I was slightly surprised to receive another response today.  The cynical among you may be able to guess where this is going.

"Thank you for your submission to the BBC Trust's Election Guidelines consultation which will be considered in full.

Your comments addressed the proposed leaders’ televised debates. Please note, these proposed Election Guidelines do not refer specifically to the proposed debate/s. The role of the BBC Trust is distinct from that of the BBC’s management and it has no role in day to day editorial decisions such as who should be invited to participate in a particular programme. However, any election debates broadcast or streamed on the BBC must comply with the Election Guidelines and applicable advice on levels of coverage for the parties. This new material on levels of coverage will be made available on the Trust website in January in order for it to be as up-to-date as possible in terms of the political landscape, and will also form part of the consultation.

The Trust will take the consultation responses into account and publish the results on its website, together with the final guidelines once approved by the Trust. This is likely to be in March 2015."

In other words, my submission will be fully considered in the form of it being COMPLETELY IGNORED.  I can only apologise to people who may have taken their cue from me by making a submission in good faith - I honestly thought that at the very least a shaming effect might be achieved, because the number of demands for fair debates would have to be summarised, but it looks like they're even going to avert that by generically summarising those submissions as "irrelevant responses".

Remember the quote from the BBC spokesman that was strategically included within several BBC reports on the debates controversy, assuring viewers they would have the chance to make their views heard via the Trust consultation on the election guidelines?  What in heaven's name was the relevance of that observation, if the position is that BBC management can exclude whoever they like from the debates REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE GUIDELINES SAY?

These people are game-players - there's no other way of putting it.  It's like dealing with the Circumlocution Office in Little Dorrit.

That said, once this "new material on levels of coverage" is published in January, I'll probably try responding all over again.  The persistence will be worth it to see if they ever run out of excuses.

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First Minister Election :

Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) 66
Ruth Davidson (Conservatives) 15

Abstentions 39

*puts on Canadian accent*

It's another terrrr-ible afternoon for the Conservatives.

I was slightly surprised that Labour gave the SNP and Tories a free run, but then I remembered that the alternative would have been putting up Jackie Baillie as a candidate for First Minister.  Yes, that would have been pretty silly.

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"Jackanory Jim" Murphy made a jaw-dropping statement on last night's televised Labour leadership hustings - he claimed that Nicola Sturgeon was "unusual in Scotland" in that she had never voted Labour.

Er, Jim, do you want to have a look through the records and tell me the last time that Labour won more than 50% of the vote in Scotland?  It'll take you a while.  Because it's never happened.


  1. Yes, got the same response from the BBC Trust..(surely a contradiction in terms?). Yet another waste of time and money. Still, at least it's not MY licence fee they're using to pay for disseminating this crap, having cancelled it lang syne.

  2. I got the same response from the State broadcasters.

    Well done on the ££££

  3. I'm surprised Labour and the LibDem MSPs didn't confirm their support for Tory polices and the Tory Party by voting for Ruth Davidson. Ah well, wonders never cease.

  4. Did anybody else notice that labour and their attack dogs have spent 2 days smearing Mylene Klass for embarrassing Millipede?

    JK Plagiarist calls every Yes voter a Nazi, is called a bitch by somebody in England and all hell breaks loose.

    Labour unleash their cyber army and even rope in Steve (racist cun-t) Bell for one of his hilarious cartoons. Not a whisper of condemnation from the outrage squad.

    Well done them.

    1. I suppose it is hypocritical. Fortunately for Labour, it's hard to feel too much sympathy for Myleene and her "£2m houses are hovels" chat.

  5. I'm very pleased to be in the majority of Scots who have never voted Labour.

  6. I have never voted Labour either and never will.

  7. The BBC points to its charter and broadcasting directives which state it is unbiased and fair and says that proves we are unbiased and fair.
    In this it shares the same position as the state institutions of the old USSR and Soviet bloc. They made the rules and the rules exempted them from scrutiny.
    Jim Murphy can make whatever statements he wants, these will rarely be questioned by MSM.

  8. I'm 62, always lived in Scotland, have voted every election since I got the vote, and have never voted Labour.

  9. I voted Conservative ( ... & Unionist!) in 1966. Since then, I have always voted SNP. I have never vited Labour.

  10. My grandmother is nearly 80. She's dying now of advanced dementia so she couldn't vote in the referendum (to be honest she died a long time ago) but she voted SNP her whole life. She was backing them in the 50s and 60s. She even backed guys like Gordon Wilson in the SNP's darkest hours. Nobody inspired her more than Margo MacDonald, however; a working class woman from the West of Scotland just like her who changed Scotland for the better. Her son, my father, has also always voted SNP and nothing else. I am proud to say I carry on this tradition.