HYPNOTISED ENGLISH RABBITS CAUGHT UP IN THE HEADLIGHTS HYPE!
Talk about rabbits being caught up in the headlights – yes! it had to happen sooner rather than later.
The celebrated so called professional journalists are spewing bile and undoubted bigotry and prejudice towards anything Scottish or people living North of the English border.
I intended to share a link, but instead I considered it was so good I copied and pasted much of these comments from The National newspaper;
Scots are soft target for abuse with ‘Jockophobia’ rife
written by Caroline Leckie;
LAST week people across the political spectrum (except Ukip) joined to condemn the racist, homophobic and sexist bile directed against Humza Yousaf, Ruth Davidson and Nicola Sturgeon.
The message thundered out loud and clear from friends and foes alike that prejudice and bigotry masquerading as political polemic will not be tolerated in Scottish political life. And about time too, will be the reaction of most reasonable people.
But let’s also look at another phobia that has begun to infest political debate across the UK. Scotophobia – or “Jockophobia” as it was called by London-based, pro-union Scottish journalist Hugo Rifkind.
As Labour and Tory politicians have acknowledged, the portrayal of Nicola Sturgeon in the now infamous doctored Sun photograph was blatantly misogynist. So too was the cartoon in the Daily Mail of Nicola Sturgeon with Ed Miliband in her cleavage, and the opinion column in the same newspaper under the grotesque headline “Ms Bonkers Barnet Flashed Her Majorities”.
But there is another dimension to this abuse that will be uncomfortable for some of our political leaders. The abuse of Nicola Sturgeon is powered in part by a rising tide of contempt towards Scotland, bordering at times on outright hatred, for having had the temerity to question the future of the United Kingdom.
And it’s not just confined to the right-wing press either. A cartoon in The Guardian by the right-on Steve Bell sought to portray Scotland as a nation of of incestuous country dancers. Then we have a more polite version of the same disdain in another upmarket newspaper, The Times, as the normally measured Matthew Parris tells us that “Aggressive Scots Can Take The High Road”, and confesses an “iciness towards the Scots” brought on by the independence referendum and the surging support for the SNP.
And these are the paid professionals of the media. A random trawl through the online comments of the English press reveals an ugly undertone of anti-Scottish venom that is reminiscent of the attitude towards the Irish at the height of the Troubles.
When David Cameron uses Alex Salmond as the bogeyman to discredit Ed Miliband, he is exploiting that ugly vein of bigotry. And when Ed Miliband rules out any prospect of a coalition, he is running scared of it. The same politicians who told us a few months ago that the UK was “an equal partnership of nations” now tell us up in Scotlandshire that we can never be involved in the government of the UK unless we vote for London-controlled political parties.
During the referendum, Yes campaigners were unfairly accused of being anti-English for supporting the equality of nations. Yet the paradox is that Anglophobia, which was for a time in the 1980s and 1990s a force on the fringes of Scottish nationalism, is now dead and buried.
Indeed, if The National or the Sunday Herald were to carry cartoons, headlines and opinion columns expressing such hostile sentiments towards the English nation, all hell would break loose. I’ve heard no anti-English sentiment from those who want independence. But I’ve seen and heard plenty of hate being directed towards “the Scotch”.
Thank you Caroline Leckie; you are just saying what the rest of us have known for some time now – it seems the biggest threat to Scotland’s future seems to be the likes of the bias BBC or ITV along with well healed newspapers.