Thought I would make a few wee points today about a few things that have gotten me interested over the last wee while.
I am not a Labour fan at all, especially the Scottish branch, but the continued vilification of Jeremy Corbyn in the media, mainly the BBC (surprise surprise) has become predictable and boring. They appear so determined, as many within the Labour Party, that this man should never get the chance to become Prime Minister. Now I accept that he hasn’t started very well and his views on Scotland leave a lot to be desired. However, he has been given a huge mandate by the members and it will take a while to weed out the Tories in the party and return it to something the genuine left wing members of the party want. I also suspect that after another 4 and a half years of this right wing Tory nightmare that we have right now, that if the 34% of voters in England who didn’t vote in 2015 come out and vote for change, and vote for Corbyn, he might just pull it off. I am not writing him off and hope that he can find a way to use his party and work in partnership with other parties to bring this shitty government down. However the media onslaught demonstrates how badly served we are in this country with our very own across the board Pravda. They must be very afraid of him succeeding and the thought of ordinary people actually having a say in how this country is run.
Like many, I found it sad to hear that David Bowie had passed away, as it is when anyone passes away. However I did not feel the coverage needed to be the extent of what it was, the language being as flowery as it was, and some of the reported comments by celebrities and ordinary people were a bit awful and took up far too much airtime. The reports of alleged comments on social media by nationalists in the Daily Rancid and Torygraph were really predictable and again sums up the media in this country now. They struggled to find any really bad comments at all but that did not stop them trying to find anyway they could to denigrate a whole part of the population in Scotland, again really predictable and so very very sad yet again that the Unionist media in Scotland would use the death of David Bowie to press home their own right wing agenda. Now while not a huge fan of his music I accept that in many ways he changed the culture of music in the UK, and I am sorry for his family, my father passed away due to cancer and I know how tough that is to go through, but again the coverage I felt just did not really merit the extent it did and in many ways did not really respect the man, just my opinion.
Now being a Dundee FC fan I must admit that I am enjoying both our recent derby win and being above Utd in the league. Where I differ from many Dundee FC fans is that I do not want Dundee Utd to be relegated at all. The derby is the best game throughout the season, the derby I suspect generates a lot of income to both clubs, but also I do not want to see anyone lose their job which is what will happen if Utd go down. Dundee as a City can ill afford any more job loses or the human cost and devastation that losing your job brings. We will soon be facing the prospect of redundancies from the local council and this City just cannot take much more and no matter how many V&A’s we build they will not replace the jobs that will be lost. So I want Dundee FC to win all the derbies, to finish above them in the league but not for Dundee Utd to get relegated, so come on Utd finish 10th.
BBC Charter Renewal
Currently watching a bit of the committee from Holyrood, Tony Hall (Director General of the BBC) and Ken MacQuarrie (Director BBC Scotland) are facing questions from committee. Neither are coming across well at all but saying that the questions asked so far have just not being that great. I want to know why the BBC in Scotland is perceived as being bias by many of us, why there is no political balance, why Scottish Football is short changed compared to Match of the Day, why we don’t have a Scottish Six o Clock News rather than the awful Reporting Scotland and why that really awful Scotland 2016 is actually on at all. It’s really important that the BBC in Scotland is held to account but they also need to be asked the right questions. Holyrood has just been cut off to go to an empty House of Commons, see what I mean and what is the f point. The BBC is not fit for purpose anymore and should be sold off.