What is the issue here? Apart from providing an excuse for yet another SNP BAD! headline, what is the pint of the story? If we sift through the innuendo and pejorative language to pick out the facts, what do we actually know?
- We know that Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian was doing good work despite being encumbered by poor management.
- We know that the problems with the organisation were identified by a thorough independent investigation.
- We know that the report commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Avanté Consulting was published when sensitive information had been redacted.
- We know that, on the basis of this report, the Scottish Government made a concerted effort to resolve the organisation’s problems whilst continuing to support it’s work.
- We know that, when it proved impossible to resolve the issues, the government minister responsible, Justice Secretary Alex Neil, took decisive action.
- We know that those now responsible for the management of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian believe this action to have been effective.
That is what we know. The thing I can’t figure out is what the Scottish Government is supposed to have done wrong.
What we have here is an unmistakeable example of a story being spun to serve a political agenda. In other words, propaganda. Which is fine. Propaganda has a place in politics and there is no point in railing against the bias of newspapers which have no duty to be balanced. But should this kind of thing be posing as news reporting or professional journalistic analysis? Does that not cross a line?