Sometimes it’s the smallest, most trivial things that give you away. Graham Grant is the Home Affairs Editor of the Scottish Daily Mail, and earlier this morning he tweeted this snarky dig at prominent independence supporter and pundit Pat Kane, also of the primarily-1980s band Hue And Cry:
Ostensibly it’s a throwaway gag aimed at puncturing an opponent’s pomposity and over-inflated self-regard while portraying the journalist as an arch, wise cynic.
But hold on a second.
Because what Kane actually says couldn’t be any clearer, or any further away from what Grant claims. What Kane says is that there are three “brackets” of artists – a lower one inhabited by most bands including his own, a higher one including the likes of the Beatles and a stellar one that’s the preserve of the likes of Stevie Wonder.
In other words, what he’s very explicitly saying is that Hue And Cry are definitely NOT “in the same bracket as The Beatles and Stevie Wonder” – which is the precise opposite of how the Mail hack snidely represents it.
Grant relies on the fact that people will see he’s included the quote, skim-glance it to see that it does indeed include the words “Beatles” and “Stevie Wonder” and assume he must be presenting it accurately. They’ll go away with the impression of Pat Kane that Grant wants them to have, which is diametrically at odds with the reality.
That doesn’t matter a great deal when you’re just talking about old pop bands, but it’s a mindset and modus operandi that permeates everything the Daily Mail does, and it’s always wise to remember it.
Hue And Cry weren’t our kind of thing, if we’re being honest. (We’re a Jesus And Mary Chain kind of website.) But we do prefer a hue and cry to a Cheap Trick.