We called it early.
In the end it took almost exactly four hours.
The corpse of the pop star, who died of cancer on Sunday, was barely cold on the slab before the Daily Record descended, ripping its limbs off to use as a club to bash independence supporters with.
Evidently the delay was as long as the paper could bear to wait in its frustration as “cybernats” stubbornly refused to actually say anything outrageous about Bowie’s passing. The best it could dredge up after hours of diligent trawling was a pitifully small handful of the sort of dry jokes for which Scots are famed the world over:
At least one of the comments cited is actually from an SNP-hating Loyalist/Unionist well known to many Scottish political Twitter users as such, not a “cybernat”.
To try to pad out the “story”, which no reporter was prepared to put their name to, an “SNP insider” was located to provide a convenient line, which rather curiously referred to the SNP as “they” rather than “we”:
(Why this “insider”, fearing another media attack on “their” party at the hands of the press, would actively and eagerly assist in that process by handing the Daily Record a ready-made quote was not explained.)
The last David Bowie song this site liked came out 33 years ago, and his half-arsed second-hand intervention in the indyref debate was an embarrassment for a starstruck media, who wrote a thousand times as many words about it as Bowie actually got someone else to say for him. But he was entitled to have an opinion on the subject like anyone else – we doubt he swung a single vote, and it would be below anyone to express joy at his death for such trivial reasons.
As it happened, nobody did, so the Record just went ahead and made it up, to God knows what end (they surely can’t imagine it’ll save Scottish Labour). By anyone’s lights David Bowie was an artist of incredible significance and impact who deserves better than to have the graverobbing scum of the Daily Record defile his memory by using him as a political weapon while the tears are still wet on his family’s cheeks.