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Posted on August 10, 2016 by

This morning’s SNP BAD piece in the Herald has undergone a slight change in tone since we wrote about it.


We’ll just assume that a small pang of conscience overcame someone.

The actual text of the article is mostly unchanged, save for the first three paragraphs (original version on top, new version below):


We’re particularly impressed that the ferry services and island communities are now “dealing with” the additional traffic brought in by the cheap-fares scheme, having been “struggling to handle” it just a few hours earlier.

Sometimes it’s nice to end the day on a good-news story.

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  1. Morag says:

    Just don’t mention the Evening Times….

  2. Morag says:

    I wonder if in fact the Herald was inundated with Mull business people spitting carpet tacks about the implication the place was a no-go shambles.

  3. jimnarlene says:

    I can be done, a story not entirely SNP bad, that’s a refreshing change.

  4. Macart says:

    Spooky. 😮

    A big boy did it and… etc? 🙂

  5. Malky says:

    I should be pleased. But I’m not. I think these idiots should have written that headline the first time around, but they didn’t. They just didn’t.

  6. Chitterinlicht says:

    Amateur hour.

    Honestly what are they like!


    (trying not to swear)

  7. Arbroath1320 says:

    So does this mean that all the fun and games going on over on Twitter re #ferrychaos must now stop?

    DAMN! 🙂

  8. Graeme Doig says:

    Rhoda Grant now genuinely outraged at lack of reason for faux outrage.

  9. Heather McLean says:

    The influence of Wings is far reaching! Nice to know that they turn to Wings for real journalism!
    The mainstream media needs to take a long hard look at itself – it’s a disgrace!

  10. heraldnomore says:

    There’s as much chance of buying it again as there is of voting Labour. Too little and far, far too late, for both.

  11. HandandShrimp says:

    Delighted that common sense has prevailed.

  12. Kryczek says:

    They should be ashamed of themselves. Typical british press anything to try and do the SNP on.

  13. Sassenach says:

    Take a bow, Rev, it has been heartening to follow this story today – to me it now demonstrates what one man at a computer keyboard can now achieve.

    It will surely have caused someone at the Herald to get a boot up the jacksie – and shown many millions more, through Wings, twitter etc just what a total lying shambles that ‘newspaper’ has become in recent times.

  14. Kevin Evans says:

    Yea but the main headline ran for long enough to do its job. By the time of the revised headline the newspaper had become today’s chip paper.

    Job done by the yoons – I offer them no quarter on there revised headline. It should have been correct from the first print.

  15. Artyhetty says:

    Malky, I totally agree, another SNP very very bad myth having been seen by many people. These UKok media lies get through to the fickle, who prefer to have their prejudice confirmed.

    I was reading up on some research, recently, about how a negative view of someone, for whatever reason, say in a neighbourhood, is really difficult to reverse in the minds of people. In contrast, should someone be viewed in a good light, then fall from grace it is more likely that people will not persistently view that person in a negative light.

    So, paint your enemy as bad consistently, and people will find it very difficult to see them in a good light, even if the proof and evidence is there in broad daylight that they are good.

    So the damage is done and these people are off the hook in not appearing totally biased, it is all completely orchestrated. Easy peasy.

  16. Almannysbunnet says:

    They suddenly realised that sales of the Herald on the Islands were in danger.

  17. galamcennalath says:

    They’ve gone from a damaging position to a neutral position. Which is good.

    However, damage will have been done. Their objective partially achieved..

    Sickening. Only in Scotland, eh?

  18. yesindyref2 says:

    Well done Rev, now the Herald’s posterior is exposed for posterity.

  19. McDuff says:

    The Herald stinks and it knew exactly what it was doing when it wrote the original headline. If you are genuinely for independence don`t buy this Unionist propaganda trash.
    Well done again Rev.

  20. dramfineday says:

    I have enjoyed today. The analysis and denouement of the Herald article was first class and the twitter follow through had me chortling most of the evening. Well done Stuart and the rest of you Wingers – good job.

    Big smiley faced grinning thingbob just here ?

  21. Luigi says:

    A good result – very well done, Rev. However, the default position of the yoon press is always going to be SNP BAD. Therefore, we just have to keep the pressure on – no easing off on any yoon spin until independence, I’m afraid.

  22. One_Scot says:

    The fact that the Yoon media can write any shit they like, is it any wonder there are still people in Scotland who lack the confidence to run their own country.

    Scotland, probably the most politically brain washed country in the World.

  23. Thepnr says:

    It is true that there was a bit of a fiasco on Saturday night after the Lochaline to Fishnish ferry was cancelled by Calmac due to technical problems and the weather.

    Those who hoped to take that Saturday night ferry were advised to travel to Kilchoan to catch the ferry to Tobermory, even though it meant that by the time they arrived there would only be one ferry left to leave and that could carry only 11 cars.

    There were 26 vehicles advised by Calmac to head for that ferry with certain knowledge that not all could board it. The journey itself no doubt causing problems on the Islands roads as they headed en masse to their destination only to be disappointed.

    This is a story worthy of reporting as the P&J did on Monday.

    It highlights the problems faced by Islanders when ferries can be cancelled for all kinds of reasons, not least the weather and was reported by P&J writer Sue Restan under the headline:

    ”Ferry chaos as passengers left stranded overnight”

    The P&J writer followed up today with another article with the headline:

    ”How the scheme to make ferry fares affordable is a victim of its own success”

    From now it it gets very murky, the Herald jump in with another angle entirely on the same story. An SNP BAADD story from their point of view as can seen above, only to completely reverse their headline after ridicule from Wings and no doubt pressure from other areas.

    This whole fiasco makes our media look really bad, our journalists shallow and their owners political lapdogs for the Unionist narrative. If it’s embarrassing for me then it must be 100 times more embarrassing for those writing such guff.

    I’m happy of course that they have now changed their headline to more accurately reflect reality but should it really take pressure from any source whatsoever to force newspapers to be more balanced in their reporting of Scotland?

    Off course not and that is a major reason for Scotland to become Independent.

  24. Derek says:

    I wonder if Leask or the others at the Herald reads Wings, and after your brilliant riposte tore them a new one?

  25. Free Scotland says:

    I wonder how the herald (small h deliberate) would fare in an opinion poll designed to measure confidence in journalistic objectivity among readers of newspapers in Scotland.

  26. Cactus says:

    Makes ye wonder how many print copies were bought and read in Scotland today.

    Our islands and islanders will have something to say.

    It’s like night and day.

  27. dakk says:

    Halleh-fucking-llujah !

  28. The last time I phoned the Herald they would not answer. I let it ring for 5 minutes then hung up. Very well done Rev.
    What bastards these people are…and Scotland is surrounded by them. Thank god for Wings! (small g deliberate)

  29. Clapper57 says:

    ? ? ? ? Ferry cross the Mersey ? ? ? ? …..oops sorry wrong Ferry………Ferry Ferry Sorry.

    The Herald eats Humble Pie…….Mmm Humble Pie…..num num num num….num….num.

    Please note the above musical notes are not actual notes for the above song but chosen at random to denote singing the start of that song……Mmm song…..num num num num …..num…num. ( Just eaten my words…….from that song……..Mmm words……from that song…..num num num num……num….num

    I’ll get ma coat…..Mmm coat……etc etc etc

  30. Cactus says:

    @the Herald

    Might be time to change that light-bulb around afore ye blow.

    Go on, do it for Glasgow.

  31. Proud Cybernat says:

    Sorted that for you Rev:

  32. shug says:

    For such excellent work Stu set up another just giving page. I have a donation waiting

    I may never buy another Herald again. Thank you for exposing such blatant lying propaganda. Any money they would have gotten is now coming your way

    There is an Indy ref coming get a good war chest going now

  33. Coinneach says:

    I still refuse to give financial support to Yoon media

  34. heedtracker says:

    That is strange to change it all. Nice example of the British press in another country though. If it was the BBC, they’d leave it so probably an advertiser’s complained, maybe even a ferry company:D

    37 newspapers in Scotland? all of them fighting hard to shut down Scottish democracy.

  35. winifred mccartney says:

    Stopped buying herald a while ago – it is a disgrace – every piece of good news is poked with a stick until something snp baaad is found. The herald is dying and not before time – no journalists there just muck rakers and cut and paste artists.

    As bad as bbc – great exam results, no problems but they dug and dug until they found something National 4’s down. Big deal. Even FM meeting in Germany – bbc could not resist adding that she met with a junior minister – even though its a thousand times better that what WM is doing or our Sec of State who could only quip – he does not like mention of second referendum – after what Wm has done and he has not done – damn cheek.

  36. Clapper57 says:

    In my previous post at 10.05pm I copied and pasted musical notes but somehow they have shown up as question marks….Mmm question marks.

    Must.Get.My.Straps.Back.On.On.My.Straightjacket….Mmm Straightjacket….etc etc etc

    Feck knows how this comment will look when it comes up !!!!

  37. HeehawBaws says:

    And now the clickbait article has had two hits each from a lot of people. Perhaps they are being less stupid than they seem.

  38. Craig P says:

    One of these days there will be a news sheet dedicated to commenting on stories on Wings and the circle will be complete 🙂

  39. Tam Jardine says:

    The Herald today- guest edited by rev Stu and the cybernats. Leasky and Davy won’t like that one little bit

    Excellent work

  40. Gary45% says:

    Friday mornings headlines,
    “Mainland Tourism Struggling Against SNP Bias Towards The Islands.
    Ruth Jong Un and the Yoons call for a Public Enquiry.
    David Torrance writes more pis*, and Shortbreads finest Burds head explodes, whilst screaming SNP baaad, Jamie Mackay waves his hands about looking like a broken puppet.

  41. Brenda says:

    Good job. Well done. *sighs* If only Scotland had journalists. 🙁

  42. Gary45% says:

    Oops, Mcivor

  43. Martin Richmond says:

    The editorial process at work, if a little slower than you might see in the quality press. At least they’re trying. It’s a system of peer review that’s stood the test of time and could help e.g. self publishing activists to attach a level of integrity to their work that might otherwise be lacking. In contrast to this case though, much better to apply pre, rather than post publication.

  44. graeme says:

    Did they just amend the website metadata? :p

  45. Kenny says:

    Is it Wednesday? Then it must be SNP BAD Day!

    In the world of the “Scottish” media, every day is SNP BAD Day!

  46. Greannach says:

    When I went from Fishnish to Lochaline with the car last year I was second in the queue to board. I had to wait over 3 minutes for six other vehicles to board so we could leave on time. This was totally unacceptable. Needless to say I haven’t as much as received an apology from Nicola Sturgeon for the distress I suffered.

  47. tamson says:

    Wonder if Gardham was taken aside and told to give it a f***ing rest. Leask has shown signs of realising the persistently comical SNPBad tone is killing the paper’s credibility even faster than the opposition. Too little, too late though. None shall weep for them.

  48. Still Positive. says:

    Took my last Herald on Boxing Day and don’t regret it. For some time the only thing keeping me buying it was Ian Bell’s column and when he died there was no point even after more than 30 years – even the crosswords were pretty crap.

    I used to read the comment on FMQ and I wondered if they had watched the same PMQs I did.

    Even more glad I don’t buy it now after today’s crap.

  49. heedtracker at 10.18

    You mean

    “37 newspapers in Scotland? all of them fighting hard to shut down”

  50. Iain says:

    Tomorrow’s Headline – maybe not

    Herald scheme to boost newspaper circulation by use dramatic headlines backfires due to poor and biased journalistic skills.

  51. Herald policy for Scotland is ‘Mushroom Management’…keep Scotland in the dark and pour shit over it from time to time.

  52. Joe of the Coutts says:

    How could I have posted that to quickly? It was just one sentence.

    Again. ‘Total confirmation that the press is despicable and twisting news every chance it can take.’

  53. dakk says:

    ‘Wonder if Gardham was taken aside and told to give it a f***ing rest.

    I’d like to have been a fly on the editors wall during the tortuous climbdown.

    Was it the ridicule from Wings and Twitter,or as heedtracker said,complaints from commercial interests.

    Either way,result 🙂

  54. ElaineS says:

    Never forget Magnus Gardham has one agenda and that is be the puppet of Westminster and Scotland Office to continue discrediting SNP and stopping Indy. We need to make sure as many people know that the daily Herald is a state controlled paper, UkGovernment’s long arm of interference thanks to Englishman Garham, makes me wonder if he moved to Scotland a number of years ago intentionally to damage SNP and put people of Indy. We all remember the massive lies, distortions, scaremongering and propaganda he and his hacks spewed out in run up to last IndyRef. Spread this fairly recent article and hopefully folk will boycott the paper and not share their articles.

  55. HandandShrimp says:

    Talking of media misinformation I was tickled by an item on radio shortbread about the Russian media outlet Sputnik opening an office in Edinburgh. Much talk about Kremlin backing and Sputnik a vehicle for pro-Russian propaganda. Article concluded by talking about increased funding for BBC broadcasts to the Baltic countries to counter Russian media outlets.

    Not saying that Sputnik doesn’t give a Kremlin shine to their output but the lack of self awareness in the piece left me a bit speechless.

  56. heedtracker says:

    Article concluded by talking about increased funding for BBC broadcasts to the Baltic countries to counter Russian media outlets.

    Why them though? Great British imperial master stuff. There’s a dozen countries all around the Baltic but its the BBC what will hold back the Putin horde. They could drive them mad with the Archers and their royals grovelling though, then nuke em. When Scotland does break free, its maybe going to bring back a lot of imperial masters back to the real world, BBC in particular.

  57. Brian Doonthetoon says:

    I’ve been enjoying the’SHOCK! HORROR! PROBE!’ input of this Twitter page this evening – specially the contribution of “Bob Servant luvchild”…

  58. Thepnr says:


    I believe you have hit the nail on the head.

    Magnus Gardham as political editor of the Herald was almost certainly the man behind the original headline. He hasn’t written an article in a while maybe he’s on holiday? If it wasn’t him then it was an acolyte of his. I have no doubt.

    Maybe Gardham’s on the way out after todays fiasco? Who cares?

    The Herald which once could proudly claimed to be the oldest newspaper in the world is now but a parody of a newspaper that steeps lower than the Sun did in the 70’s with misleading headlines.

    When it folds, few will weep other than those losing their jobs and those that can see clearly how it could all have been so different.

    I’d hate to see anyone lose their job but there is a future for them in an Independent Scotland. That’s when I will buy newspapers again and would even pay a Scottish TV license, though I doubt that will be necessary.

  59. Big Jock says:

    I thought the Herald said it would back independence post Brexit. Same old double speak where I am sitting.

  60. Cadogan Enright says:

    Thinking of starting a Tote on which of the Scottish Unionist papers will shut down first – proceeds to a YES charity

    I’d say the so-called Scotsman must be hot favourite – hard to say as some of the so-called Scottish editions of the London rags must be pretty shakey

    How low can you go before it becomes uneconomic? I once managed an Irish weekly paper with a 32,000 circulation – running on a shoestring and a prayer – not sustainable in the long term

    How to work out the odds?

  61. tartanarse says:

    Job done by the repulsive Herald. Some folk still think Freddie Starr ate a hamster.

  62. CameronB Brodie says:

    British propaganda is wholesome, proper and good though and has the authority of Royal Charter and God’s blessing through the Crown.

    Praise be!

  63. yesindyref2 says:

    Yes, they would have. I kind of know them a bit, and they’re really nice people. A couple of times they’ve waited for me coming from the Corran for the last ferry across, one time re-dropped the ramp. It’s possible they didn’t know the capacity of the Kilchoan ferry though, and also possible they told just a few who asked, or the few at the front of the queue, and the rest tagged on behind – or made their own plans. I hope there isn’t any investigation, the wrong people could get into trouble.

    Sh*t happens, and it wasn’t helped by the storm (which might have caused the breakdown or cancellation). That meant the Kilchoan ferry couldn’t go back and for (about 35 minutes each way). calmac could also do with erecting more electronic ferry information boards, including one back on the main road side of the Corran ferry (don’t think there’s one there). At least then some of the people could have tried to get an extra or late ferry from Oban, perhaps 45 minutes down the A82.

  64. Iain More says:

    @Cadogan Enright

    “I once managed an Irish weekly paper with a 32,000 circulation – running on a shoestring and a prayer – not sustainable in the long term”

    I wonder who or what shady Organisations are holding the Johnston Press Junk Bonds? The Liquidators should have been called in years ago on them.

  65. tartanarse says:

    Personally, I couldn’t give a shit about job losses when these Yoon rags fold.

  66. dakk says:

    ‘Maybe Gardham’s on the way out after todays fiasco?’

    The herald’s trajectory was announced with blaring klaxons when they took that tosser on from a Yoon red top rag like the Record.

    They were immediately condemned as a biased Yoon gutter rag.

    It was a statement of intent from the power behind the herald.

    Pity it has ‘backfired’ on the unscrupulous ratgashes.

  67. Hoss Mackintosh says:


    Magnus Gardham is longer at the Herald as fluffy Mundell has rewarded his services to the Union with a cushy job in the SO.

    So I have no idea who the editor is now?

    Mind you the Herald is looking like a rudderless ship heading for the rocks. So who would want to take on the job?

  68. louis.b.argyll says:

    A prime example. Very good Winging.
    The full-circle of modern mis-information.
    A u-turn?
    A new beginning?
    Or a u-bend?
    A new low..we move on.

  69. Cadogan Enright says:

    @tartanase 11.55

    “Personally, I couldn’t give a shit about job losses when these Yoon rags fold.”

    really? you mean you would not celebrate Torcuil Crichton or yer man Torrence having to beg for a job down in London – imagine shuffled feet and doffed caps in hands with forelock tugging “sur, we served you well before our downfall, will ye not see yer way tae giing us a wee job?”

    “Feck off you tractorous sweaties – I would not feel safe having you around here after seeing what you did to your own people – and you dont even talk right”

  70. Inverclyder says:

    And the bad news keeps coming in….

    Scotland just produced enough wind energy to power it for an entire day

    That’s despite the Bitter Together lies about renewables.

  71. Thepnr says:

    @Hoss Mackintosh

    Read your link and that has made my day and is undoubtedly the funniest thing I’ve read today. I was in a good mood and you have made it even better.

    The Herald is running rudderless in a political storm and heading in the direction that the wind is blowing. That much is obvious after today. They are so totally f**ked now as a source of news they may as well give in.

    Cochrane of the Telegraph GONE. Gardham of the Herald GONE. Torrance of the Twitter GONE.

    I say NEXT hahha.

  72. Thepnr says:

    Meant to point out for avoidance of doubt why I hate the likes of Gardham et al. They are all Tory Maggie worshiping sympathisers.

    Not one that I could think of gives a fuck about Scotland only themselves, their crony pals and their political pals. They are an Independent Scotlands enemies. Tell them to fuck off, we need to read none of their shite. Just fuck off.

    Magnus Gardham, currently political editor at the Herald Scotland newspaper, will join the Scotland Office as chief media officer next month.

  73. Hoss Mackintosh says:

    Hmm – interesting.

    Magnus Llewellin chief editor also leaving the Herald group…

    Time for a new Pro-Indy editor perhaps – well a more impartial one would do!

  74. louis.b.argyll says:

    Maybe after independence, more wind should mean cheaper bills.

    We invest heavily in Hydro schemes, large and small, perfect for cold winters, and our resilience is low carbon.

  75. yesindyref2 says:

    @Hoss Mackintosh: “Mind you the Herald is looking like a rudderless ship heading for the rocks. So who would want to take on the job?

    Jim Murphy? He’s kind of used to that.

  76. Thepnr says:

    @Hoss Mackintosh

    Well spotted. As they say the end is nigh!

  77. Hoss Mackintosh says:


    Glad I made your day!

    Slowly we are winning and the MSM is crumbling.

    Time is running out for the Union and the yoon journos – sorry propagandists – know it.

    Onwards and upwards to a free Indy Scotland.

  78. Thepnr says:

    Like rats abandoning a sinking ship. We need no more evidence.

  79. yesindyref2 says:

    From Sturgeon’s timeline yesterday tea-time, the link to:

    “The EU Single Market: The Value of Membership versus Access to the UK”

    such as:

    Single Market Access is virtually meaningless as a concept.
    UK service exports are especially important.
    Single Market Membership is particularly important for financial services.
    New trade deals unlikely to compensate fully for EU trade.
    Single Market membership could be worth 4% on GDP relative to reliance on WTO terms.
    Direct budget impacts are secondary relative to overall economic outlook.


    Single Market ‘membership’ by contrast involves elimination of barriers to trade in a way that no existing trade deal, customs union or free trade area achieves. In particular it means reducing “non-tariff” barriers like licensing and other regulatory constraints to supplying goods or services. These sorts of barriers have become relatively more important to trade than tariffs (taxes on trade), and especially so for services.

    But outside the EU, single market membership also comes at the cost of accepting future regulations designed in the EU without UK input. This may be seriously problematic for some parts of the financial services sector. Choices in these domains will most likely be far more important than any deal on budget contributions.

    I’d like to see a comparative study for Scotland, unlikely to happen. And strangely enough nothing about this today in the Herald (so far).

    This is of particualr note for me: “These sorts of barriers have become relatively more important to trade than tariffs

    Unionists are arguing that iScotland would have a problem with tariffs to/from the rUK, it appears that in any case that is exaggerated, but of course if the rUK does go for single market membership, with Scotland in the EU there are no tariffs, nor are there any “non-tariff barriers”.

    As expected Project Fear 2 is toothless and plain wrong, with such comments as:

    “That’s before considering the very significant impact on the wider economy of a hard border, and potential tariff barriers with (by far) our biggest market”

    designed to mystify, terrify, and bury people in gibberish.

  80. Thepnr says:

    There is nothing to fear. Our job now is to laugh at those who will say that is not possible for Scotland to be become Independent because you are too wee, too poor and too stupid.

    Tell them to fuck off and peddle their pish elsewhere.

  81. Thepnr says:

    I believe that when the ordinary Scot stands up for himself against the injustice’s that the unelected Tories throw at us then we will win.

    Ridicule win will, just laugh at the media, Scots are good at taking the piss.

  82. Dorothy Devine says:

    I suspect there are a few very angry island businesses, not to mention CalMac , who have contacted the editor to EXPLAIN in no uncertain terms how they feel about the crap article.

    The once wonderful Glasgow Herald reduced to a denigrating piece of trash , happy to print any old crap as long as it can demean Scotland – may it die a torturous death for it certainly deserves no grief stricken wake.

  83. Dorothy Devine says:

    OT But Hillary has the banner “Stronger Together”

    God help us all!

  84. Gary45% says:

    On Rad Shortbread, Murdo “2nd Independence Referendum” Fraser, what an embarrassment.

    Apologies if this has been cover before.
    As we are being constantly told that we export more to the rest of the UK, does anyone know if this includes the exports that have to go through English airports/docks so Scotland can do worldwide commerce?
    If this is the reason that our exports are larger to England, when we get Independence we will make more revenue from using our own airports/docks, or is that too simple?
    Oh aye the kids are getting smarter/brighter, SNP baaad.

  85. Alison rollo says:

    The Herald? Just pathetic!! Never buy it again — well done Rev!!

  86. donnywho says:

    Organized Cybernat bullies, relentless onslaught, forces fearful journalists to censor article!

    MSPs demand Nicola condemn this affront to democracy and free speech.

    Read the editorial, “Do we live in a One Party State”?

    … Why not, it is no less true than anything else they print.

  87. Macart says:


    Enjoy the hols Nana.

    Good link to Mundell’s witterings. I see he’s still banging the ‘no appetite for…’ drum. It appears the FMs Berlin visit and the news of the £100m funding boost has rattled the Tories cage somewhat. By comparison the SG are making the UK government look decidedly slow out of the starting gate.

    That’s got to be embarrassing for the poor wee soul. 🙂

  88. Footsoldier says:

    Today’s main Scottish newspapers, National excepted, all have headlines against the SNP government. The topic of “bad news” is the source of a £100M investment in Scotland announced by Nicola Sturgeon or the fact that SNP supporters want independence, “fanatics” according to David Mundell.

    The only Tory MP in Scotland gets wide coverage.

  89. Effijy says:

    The Herald does have one particular benefit over its Red Top Rivals.
    Being a Broadsheet Paper, it covers the bottom of a large Aviary in one sheet.

    When the Budgies have done their business on their Business pages, I scrape off this wonderful source of manure into the flourishing potted plants.

    I then put the remaining shit in the dust bin where it belongs!

    The Herald,
    Home of the Right Wing Britnats and the Gullible! RIP.

  90. Peter A Bell says:

    Why have visitors enjoyed a surge in popularity?

  91. call me dave says:

    Enjoy you holiday Nana. 🙂

    Lots of SG bad this morning on radio shortbread. Murdo seamlessly takes the place of Mundell, who can’t attend, to tell us that £100m is only 0.03% of the Scottish budget and anyhow it’s the underspend from last year. Nothing to see here move along. Indy 2 bad as well!

    Heard Tim Haynes representing the landowners deny any evidence that 8 eagles have been deliberately killed and their bodies with tracking devices destroyed all in the same area of Scotland

    Not us gov he says move along hmm!
    Did the Romans not lose an eagle in Scotland about 1900 years ago too. The mystery deepens.

    Still cheer up folks as radio shortbread tells us that ‘Scotland’ have won another two medals in the Olympics…! No they didn’t 🙁

  92. Fred says:

    The Herald editors used to be people of some weight & substance, they’ve been replaced by chancers. If Tore-arse got the job it would surprise nobody.

  93. Capella says:

    From the Herald – black propaganda from Putin’s media station in Scotland. Politicians warned about “Sputnik”.

    Hilarious stuff.
    “Scots journalists and radio presenters Carolyn Scott and Jack Foster are also among those accused of being part of a black propaganda operation, claimed to have been set up in Edinburgh because of cost savings compared to London,”

    At last – RT has heard our pleas for a decent broadcasting service in Scotland!

  94. Valerie says:

    @Dorothy Devine 6.54am

    I really hope that is the case.

    That very graphic pic of the two headlines is absolutely disgusting. I don’t feel good that it was changed, the damage and intent has succeeded.

    I think it is proof if any were needed, that they absolutely know exactly what they are doing – EVERY SINGLE FUCKING DAY.

    It’s a shocking indictment that they will do anything to take down the Scottish gov’t, and fuck anybody that is collateral damage in the process.

    I don’t know how they live with themselves. No integrity or honesty.

  95. Valerie says:


    Why the hysterical writhings over Sputnik? Warning politicians?

    Politicians of every hue appear on the main RT channel every day. Strangely, RT gives the least platform to UKIP, so I find it refreshing not to see those loons on every political chat.

    I’m glad they are worried. Good to see Foster involved. Wonder what other Scottish talent might go? 🙂

  96. Thepnr says:


    “a black propaganda operation” Michty me.

  97. heedtracker says:

    Graun manages to squeeze one out that may or may not be a good news from their Scotland region, just don’t mention anything or anyone SNP. Good olde rancid.

  98. Grouse Beater says:

    Scottish to MSM

    Translate the following statement:

    I am bloody livid my nation and its culture are demeaned and ridiculed every day by the press and media.

    Petty nationalists think the MSM has no right to criticise the SNP government.

  99. Capella says:

    @ Valerie, it’s well worth a read for hilarity value.
    It’s a comedic gold mine. Take, for instance, the item on Nicola Sturgeon’s “Moratorium of Understanding” (sic!) with China. What a catalogue of conflicting non sequiturs, including this gem from Willie Rennie:

    “This is an staggering level of incompetence.
    Ministers asked few questions before signing a multi-billion pound agreement. It now looks like they scrabbled to cut ties when they were faced with the truth. The SNP need to admit they made a big mistake and confirm that the memorandum of understanding is dead in the water.”

    So glad Stu drew attention to it.

    I’ll be forced to watch Sputnik if all these “newspapers” disappear. Hope Sputnik does drama and documentaries too.

  100. One_Scot says:

    Seriously, how depressing is the thought of generation after generation of Scots having to suffer the same shit life we do, day after day, after day..

  101. Jack Murphy says:

    The Herald frightening off the tourists.
    Shame on them forever.

  102. Lenny Hartley says:

    Thepnr it was announced weeks ago that Gardham was leaving the Herald to be lacky at colonial
    Office. Wonder what’s going on there, with Llewellin and Gardham both leaving , Llewellin’s departure was announced in June but I only picked up on it today, perhaps Gardham seen the writing on the wall and made a phone call to the colonial office looking for payback.

    Interesting times indeed, now if only Richard Walker could be persuaded to apply for Llewellin’s job as editor in chief!

  103. Proud Cybernat says:

    Can anyone ever remember a time in Scotland when so much was being done by its government on behalf of its people? I certainly don’t.

    When SLabour/LibDums held the reins up to 2007, can anyone remember any major achievement of their tenure that really benefitted the people of Scotland? (Giving £billions back to Westminster doesn’t count).

    The SLab/Dums were administrations of think wee and “Do nothing – if you do nothing then you can’t be blamed when it all goes Pete Tong.” Too feart to do anything remotely positive. Subserviant to London to the last.

    Whereas the present SNP administration thinks big and has the attitude of “Do as much as we can to improve the lives of ordinary people of this country – even if it risks getting some things wrong.”

    That’s the difference. Scotland, finally, has a grown up governemnt prepared to take responisbility for its actions; prepared to take risks for the benefit of everyone who live here. Conversely, Slab/Dums weren’t even prepeared to take responsibility for their complete inaction.

    Next year’s local council elections are, arguably, the most important elections this country since Spetember 2014. This cannot be stressed enough. Turnouts for the council elections are notoriously porr. We can’t afford for that to happen in 2017. We simply must get every YES supporting voter out for those elections. There is one very important reason for this. The councils organise elections/referendums. If the SG call a snap Indy referendum in 2017 and WM refuses to sanction it, then the SG may well go it alone. But they will need SNP controlled councils to make it happen. So, we need to make sure every council in Scotland is controlled by the SNP.

  104. Proud Cybernat says:

    …oh and PFI schools/hospitals etc, don’t count either.

  105. Jack Murphy says:

    Footsoldier said at 9:29 am:-
    “……………………..The only Tory MP in Scotland gets wide coverage.”

    YES—-remember that when walking past any papers sitting waiting on the shelves.
    We know exactly what kind of Press in Scotland we have.
    Don’t be fooled into believing they are instruments of ‘News’.

  106. Dan Huil says:

    Britnat media in Scotland are scum. Their hatred for Scotland knows no bounds.

  107. heedtracker says:

    When SLabour/LibDums held the reins up to 2007, can anyone remember any major achievement of their tenure that really benefitted the people of Scotland? (Giving £billions back to Westminster doesn’t count).

    Well that miserable anaemic green energy Scotland thing in rancid The Graun says rather a lot about UKOK yoonster Slab because its about 30 years late and none of the actual turbine engineering is made in Scotland.

    Why not? or ask a SLab yoonster, why?

  108. Willie Rennie and the Lib Dems want to have a go at Nicola `talking` to a company that is blacklisted by the trillion dollar Norwegian pension fund,

    the Norwegian pension fund has also blacklisted British American Tobacco Plc,

    a company which most of Scotland`s council pension funds have an investment,

    Willie Rennie also benefits directly because the MSP pension fund invests in the blacklisted company, British American Tobacco Plc.

  109. It would be much easier to compile a list of what Labour didn’t do, than to list any of their perceived achievements.

  110. Clapper57 says:

    Hey does anyone else think that the munchkin twins Eagle & Smith are stooges and the REAL new Labour leader in waiting is Hilary Benn.

    I say this as I could have sworn that after his OTT Syria air strikes speech in HOC that this was a well rehearsed speech for a wannabee desperate Leader in waiting….just saying.

    Biding his time….Eagle & Smith are fall guys for who Labour REALLY want as leader.

    I may be wrong but we all know Labour and how sneaky they are…however he is cast in the same shit mold as the other two chancers.

    Not caring as they not my party of choice but it seems very odd that Labour’s initial choices so very weak .

    The plot will thicken….doesn’t it always with Labour.

  111. Robert J. Sutherland says:

    Dan Huil,

    I rather liked the handle that K1 recently invented for them: the “cringeratti”.

    (Worth repeating at every opportunity, no?)

  112. Phydaux says:

    Stuart nails it again and again in this Neverendum of SNP badness.We become more and more media savvy and well versed in ridicule as the gutter press continue to slump.

    I was in Durness in Sutherland a couple of weeks ago… beautiful and wild and lots of lovely Saltires flying in the wee Main Street.I spotted an Electric Charger Pump in the wee village square.Transport Scotland has funded an impressive electric car charging network all over Scotland.It is now possible to do our stunning Route 66 500 miles by electric car.There are high powered rapid chargers at 35 mile intervals.The costs of transporting petrol and diesel to car dependent remote communities are very high.The costs of running an electric car are one fifth of petrol and the electricity is free when you plug in.

    Transport Scotland says it aims to rid Scotland of petrol and diesel driven cars by 2050.Yet another example of a forward looking government, in my humble opinion.

    I watched the Chris Packham videos on grouse moors and signed the petitions… a shameful indictment of our failure to protect our iconic Scottish wildlife species.On the eve of the so-called “Glorious Twelth “, our Lords and Masters will be salivating at the prospects of slaughtering, for pleasure, lots of birds on their vast Scottish estates.These goons and Yoons and deviants who kill for pleasure are like a cat that enjoys torturing a mouse before eating it.That’s just what they do.
    Still, nice to think they may be attacked by giant clouds of Scottish midges and blood sucking ticks.

  113. Jim Lees says:

    RET is a blessing to the Scottish islands. Here on Arran we have experienced a increase in visitor numbers. How this could be regarded in a community that relies on tourism as an “unwelcome surge” beggars belief.

    Yes there is more traffic at Brodick pier and on the ferry, and yes it is more difficult to book a ferry at the time you may wish. Both of those problems are the problems of success not failure.

    Problems that are being addressed by the Scottish Government with the present construction of a superb new harbour development in Brodick and the construction of two new ships at Ferguson’s yard Port Glasgow.

    Herald Journalism BAAAAD

  114. Capella says:

    @ Phydeaux – 8th tagged eagle “disappears” in Monadhliaths, says RSPB, over grouse moors. Pure coincidence obviously.
    It’s the RSPBs fault say the landowners.

  115. Cirsium says:

    Sputnik reported the Scottish Government’s special funding on the front page of its international site so it’s interesting that a Sputnik office is being opened in Edinburgh

  116. Gary45% says:

    Probable Herald Headline.
    SNP Steal Birds
    As the eagle is a thing of beauty that flies freely across Scotland it must be the SNP who are killing them, as there is no way a yoon land owner would stoop to such depths as killing rare birds, to profit from grouse shooting!!!.( I think its time we armed the wildlife)
    No doubt Herald wildlife “expert” Crawford Fuckerson Mc Wufwuf will find evidence that Nicla Sturjin is to blame.
    Eagles flying into Wind Turbines because they can’t stand another Indy Ref.

    SNP baaad.

  117. HandandShrimp says:

    No great surprise that Gardham is off to work for Fluffy Muddle. His politics and massive antipathy to the SNP have hardly been hidden.

    Heard Fraser on the radio this morning. I am waiting for the Tories to change their party name to the Gonnae No Party. They don’t seem to have anything to say other than “gonnae no have another referendum”. They played that card to the absolute hilt for the Holyrood election and still came third in the constituency vote on 22%. They are rather less the bellwether of Scottish politics than they appear to think they are.

  118. HandandShrimp says:

    The eagles are being killed by Tories because they are too magnificent for Scotland. Our national bird would be a battery hen if they had there way.

    On a more serious note I am glad Roseanna is about to get legal on the asses of the land owners. Their lies over the 8 eagles is just plain embarrassing. A five year old who has just stolen all the chocolate and face is covered in chocolate could sound more plausible.

  119. Dan Huil says:

    @Robert J Sutherland 11:47am

    Thanks for that, Robert. I’ll be using it.

  120. Peter Clive says:

    #FerryChaos stopped me getting to the #ScottishStreetParty

  121. Foonurt says:

    Yisliss Rhoda ‘Whit Colour Wull Ah Huv Ma Hair The Day’ Grant – choaclitt teapitt.

    Aye, wae widnae ah hid awe yoan ferry stushies, wae yoan mob Serco haudin thurr ropes. Haud oan, iz thoan no Sevco?

  122. K. A. Mylchreest says:

    Only just seen this. What a difference a few words can make to the effect a story has, while the ´facts´ remain unchanged.

    The two versions show above deserve to be immortalised in every textbook of journalism and media studies. I know it´s a cliché but really, you just couldn´t make it up 🙂

  123. robertknight says:

    Two images which sum up perfectly the MSM in Scotland’s SNP-Bad mentality.

  124. majestic12 says:

    I visited Mull a few years back for the first time. I was astonished, nay shocked, to discover just how many English residents there were and how many of them were running the local businesses and owning the estates. I suspect this was the reason the Herald changed its headline, rather than anyone having an attack of conscience. English voices have greater weight and influence than ours in our own country.

  125. Fred says:

    @ Majestic, that’s why Mull was known as “The Officers Mess!”

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