Come together

That BBC Scotland is a shamelessly unprincipled propaganda arm of the British state is something we have come to take for granted. It is right, however futile, that it should be roundly condemned for its treatment of Michelle Thomson.

To whatever extent recriminations against the SNP may be justified, it is likely that they will be counterproductive in terms of the independence project. So some caution is advisable.

It can readily be argued, with the benefit of hindsight, that the party should have been more supportive of Thomson. But surely the same could be said of most of the Yes movement. Given that Thomson was certainly being targeted by the BBC and the rest of the British establishment because of her association with the cause of restoring Scotland’s independence, it was incumbent on all who support that cause to come to her defence.

If there is a lesson here for the SNP, then there is also something for the wider Yes movement to learn. We must be more ready to demonstrate solidarity in the face of attacks such as that on Michelle Thomson.

We must not be intimidated by the power of the British state’s propaganda machine. We must be prepared to take risks in the name of a worthy cause. And we must be prepared to stand by those who challenge established power on our behalf.


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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. None of my attitudes are immutable. None of my conclusions are final. None of my opinions are humble.
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2 Responses to Come together

  1. Angry Weegie says:

    Completely agree. No evidence was ever presented, no charges were ever made, no statement from the police or legal authorities ever suggested these were likely, but contrast the media treatment of Michelle Thomson with that of Ruth Davidson and other unionist politicians when investigated for lying and electoral fraud. There was no explanation other than her association with the independence movement.

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  2. Hugh Wallace says:

    It just goes to show how deep the conditioning (aka brainwashing) goes. Indy minded Scots still unconsciously trust the BBC & mainstream media in spite of many being fully consciously aware that they lie to us on a daily basis. None so blind as those who will not see.

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