Sunday, February 5, 2017

Daisley FINALLY admits that STV didn't "silence" him - so why is he still playing the martyr?

Stephen Daisley's former bosses at STV must have felt entirely vindicated yesterday after his decision to join the Daily Mail and write a belligerent piece that basically branded the SNP as the equivalent of a neo-Nazi party (he genuinely seems unable to spot any kind of distinction between the left-wing civic nationalism of the SNP and the far-right ethnic nationalism of the likes of Steve Bannon).  By doing so, he helpfully underscored why his previous joint position as STV's "digital politics and comment editor" and provocative right-wing columnist on the STV website was so utterly untenable.  Regardless of the technicalities of whether Ofcom rules extend to websites, a politically neutral broadcaster simply can't have an "editor" who is so unremittingly hostile to one particular mainstream political party - unless, of course, he buries his own personal views for the duration of holding the position, in the same way that is required of the likes of Bernard Ponsonby and Brian Taylor.  Daisley was scarcely doing that.  The Nat-bashing rant in the Mail article was simply the full-fat version of what we had been seeing in his STV columns over a long period.

Amid all the Salmond-is-Mussolini ravings, you'd have been forgiven for overlooking by far the most important revelation in the article -

"I was summoned to a meeting with STV’s head of digital and head of news and told my role was being changed. I could edit STV’s politics page or I could write but I could no longer do both."

In other words, Daisley was asked to make a perfectly reasonable choice.  He could carry on as STV's digital politics editor and do it in the impartial way that would be expected of anyone else in such a position - or he could carry on writing his columns giving his own personal views.  For reasons that mysteriously aren't specified, Daisley chose to give up his columns.  So it turns out that all the stuff from Nick Cohen and chums about how Daisley was "silenced" is a load of guff - he was perfectly at liberty, if he so chose, to continue using the highly privileged platform he'd been given (one that for a long time was literally not afforded to anyone else at all) to express his political opinions on a high-profile and trusted website.  Instead, he walked away.

A few cynics may be wondering what this whole drama has really been about, and whether Daisley seized upon an opportunity to pose as a unionist martyr in the interests of his own career.  Seems to be paying off for him - I would imagine that his Mail column will be rather better remunerated than the STV gig.  

29 comments:

  1. Daisley left STV because he had no credibility in Scotland as a hack. Everyone was laughing at him. He left Twitter in the huff like the big Jessie he is because when he wrote anything it was immediately panned and shown to be dishonest. He did not like criticism!.

    Good riddance to him at the Heil. The few people in Scotland who read it are either YOON nutters or women who have little interest in its politics because it IS a good girly newspaper as well as a right wing fascist rag.

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  2. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    There must be a new criteria in politics. The Nat sis carry on with Thatcherite ideology and think they are left wing.

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    1. Poodle Theresa and her Kipper TrumpetsFebruary 5, 2017 at 1:20 PM

      Clueless Daily Mail Yoon sockpuppet proves the point.

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  3. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Blah blah witter drone whine bitch sneer jeer wibble wobble so there

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    1. That's the most coherent post you've written in months.

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    2. Wibble wobble? How original. Slagging Daisy's appearance is pathetic, Glasgow Working Class 2.

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  4. Nice to see Kevin (English racist and pro-nazi SIU dog food seller) Hague forget his script yesterday while defending the bloated bigot.

    He wiped £6,000,000,000 off of his beloved fiscal transfer and never corrected himself.

    Perhaps because the figures are total and outright lies made up by racists like him.

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  5. The racist daily mail is the only place for him.

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    1. Yes, the irony of talking about 1930s-style nationalism in the publication that said "Hurrah for the Blackshirts" seems to be lost on him.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 4:57 PM

      What is the Nat si equivalent to the Daily Mail? Could it be the National!
      I note someone on another thread seemed to be alleging Daisley was a Zionist. That seems rather rascist and a way to avoid mentioning Judeism. Sometimes you wonder who the racists and Natzis are.

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    3. Rothermere was a "fan" of Hitler. No doubt Jonathan, the present proprietor, finds that deeply embarrassing and pays all his taxes.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 6:51 PM

      Some Jock Nat sis were fans of Adolf.

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    5. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 9:30 PM

      Surprised you knew about Adolf Hurwitz, he was a great man

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  6. Poor old David Mundell on the Sunday Politics today. It can't be much fun being bottom of the Cabinet food chain. :(

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    1. Not as bad as attending foodbanks in the Joke of North land of wine and honey where 129 MSP'S live the life of luxury.

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    2. Kipper Fuckwit Class 2February 5, 2017 at 7:57 PM

      The westminster MP expenses scandal, which the scottish public will not soon forget, was utter dominated by Labour and the Tories sucking the taxpayer dry for Duck Houses and Moats.

      Nigel Farage is a public schoolboy multi-millionaire who used to be a stockbroker in the city of London. In other words, HE IS THE ELITE you dumbass.

      Theresa May is Oxbridge educated, is also a multi-millionaire who used to work for the Bank of England. THAT is the very DEFINITION of the ELITE you clueless twat.

      She's also married to a hedge fund mogul overseeing more than a Trillion in investment funds. VERY working class.

      Blair and Brown tour the US, Middle East and Europe selling their 'services' to the highest bidder (tens of millions earned from Dictators and Banks) while the Labour party just keeps right on making Labour Lords because the House of Lords is REALLY working class. LOL

      Face it, you yourself have about as much in common with the working class as David Cameron did because you're a witless kipper sockpuppet with the IQ of a peanut.

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    3. And no doubt you were educated in a school where the Brother's nick named you Bend Over.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 9:25 PM

      It was great meeting you in The Underground I love meeting fellow bears with the same interests

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    5. Ah, diddums...Isn't life lovely? Love at first fcuk for MacFudd and the aspirant uber BritNat troll, GWC2: Mwah...Mwah kisses.

      Brit GCHQ attempts to mate with Brit 77 Brigade resulting in mulish sterility.

      Nice one girls and boys! Captain Mannering would have been proud of you!

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    6. Glasgow Working Class 2February 6, 2017 at 1:03 AM

      Thought you and your fellow muppet Conan the Brit Destroyer had given up the fash struggle.

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    7. We forgive you.

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  7. If Daisley is writing in the Mail comparing SNP to neo-Nazis he might inadvertently get the Mail readers voting SNP in droves.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      But hardly anyone reads the mail according to you fash so how could it help you!
      Anyhow when are you shreddie skidmarks calling the referendum.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2February 5, 2017 at 9:11 PM

      GSTQ, WATP something something matron when am I getting my enema

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  8. I picked Stephen up last year and buggered him rotten. It was like fucking a speccy hippo.

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    1. Ploppy son of PloppyFebruary 5, 2017 at 10:45 PM

      Stephen who?

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    2. It's Step Hen.

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    3. Hiv the bottle tae say his full name and your erse will be sued.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2February 6, 2017 at 12:53 AM

      Sergeant Schultz

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