SNP DELEGATES voted by 4999 to 1 yesterday that all Nationalists who care about their country – from internet “oddballs” to Members of Parliament – should attack the BBC for anything and everything: even when dear old Auntie’s to blame for nothing but reporting the news. Poor old Uncle Ken Macdonald got the brunt of it yesterday. AhDinnaeKen reports:
By Meeja Byass – Anally retentive semantic etymologist
“SNP members at the conference in Aberdeen have rejected calls for the party to back an outright ban on fracking” reported the BBC’s Uncle Ken Macdonald yesterday on Newsdrive circa 5:10pm.
Little did he know the hot water it had just placed him in. Sitting beside him in a cold caravan outside of the SNP conference were two of the SNP’s most recent Members of Parliament; Tommy Sheppard and Stuart McDonald.
Both politicians, in unitary and drone like fashion, attacked Uncle Ken: putting words in his mouth while demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding of news reporting and news values.
“I have to say, the option for voting for an outright ban was not before members, you’re wrong to say that” chided Stuart McDonald officiously.
It was a classic example of Nationalist projection. At no point did Uncle Ken refer to a vote. But it didn’t stop Stuart McDonald from stomping around on his moral high horse insisting the BBC man had.
According to the The Friends of the Earth Scotland Blog – who attended the event:
“Speaker after speaker was cheered when they called for a full ban, there were even standing ovations. If the motion on offer had been for a full ban it would clearly have sailed through.”
Which clearly – and independently – shows Uncle Ken was factually correct: there were calls for a ban which were rejected because such a vote was not on the cards.
“We didn’t actually say there was a motion calling for an outright ban” defended Uncle Ken.
But it didn’t stop Tommy Sheppard MP from insisting, “you did, you did Ken”?
Aside from outright stupidity, projection or intentional malice, there appears to be no excuse for Sheppard’s misplaced idiocy.
Sheppard said – in the same officious moralising tone as McDonald: “You said SNP members rejected calls. They never ever voted on whether there should be an outright ban.”
It resulted in a robust and somewhat frustrated rebuttal from Uncle Ken. He couldn’t resist mocking the pair for their paranoid idiocy:
“It’s not a massive conspiracy really. I didn’t get my instructions from the Duke of Edinburgh this morning.” he said.
Things settled down and the interview continued. But it left a bad taste in the mouth.
Have Nationalists been given instructions from party central to attack the BBC on any premise, no matter how petty or inconsequential or plain incorrect?
Given this exchange it looks as if they have.
Attacking the BBC in concerted fashion puts the SNP on the same grounds as the worst of the Tories.
It’s clearly an undisguised attempt to intimidate and stifle free reporting – a phenomenon SNP apparatchiks are increasingly militant and blatant about.
*The edited report and interview can be listened to above. It includes the initial one line report circa 5:10pm by Ken MacDonald on Newsdrive. The full interview can be listened to on the BBC iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gxtmf around the 01:36:00 mark – unless, of course, the BBC have sinisterly ‘doctored’ and replaced the file for a black ops MI5 version.