“And there they are, a hundred thousand protesting students, not rebels, not vandals, not anarchists, just peaceful marchers demanding their government allow greater democratic rights. And how we cheer them along!” Narrator Bob Danvers-Walker, Pathé News, describing a 100,000 marchers in Czechoslovakia’s Prague Spring, August 1968. And he knew the exact number.
How did our press report our Long March for freedoms in Scotland’s capital city? The Scottish press, indeed the British media in general, treated over a hundred thousand Scottish marchers as small potatoes to be side-lined or ignored.
A 100,000 marchers is a danger to national security and stability.
I regard that march, and all the previous ones in all the other towns and cities, of greater political impact than any blogging website, including my own. Ignoring something that big that’s right under your nose takes a lot of effort.
Any number of democracy deniers came out blinking into the bright sunlight. Scotland in Union’s equivalent of every intellectually challenged Labour leader, Pamela Nash, was first to parade her prejudices:
“Those marching in Edinburgh are not representative of Scotland, they’re talking to nobody but themselves. The organisers should also be ashamed of the way they have attacked Historic Environment Scotland staff.”
The latter part of Nash’s terminal myxomatosis, the use of ‘attack’, is sheer unadulterated bull crap. The first part is a classic of the neurologically impaired unable to accept what they see in front of them is really happening, and yet others see too
In another tweet a disbelieving observer felt the “laws of physics might allow for 15,000 marchers” but to him it was “closer to 10,000.” A third thought the crowd was “very sparse indeed. Maybe a couple of thousand”. And so it went on. How much of that attempt to blur reality comes from SiU shills and sock puppets? The question to ask is, how much laundered money does SiU receive from British Imperial Might Incorporated?
England as cheerleader
Davers-Walker’s oratory shows us an England cheerleader to freedoms in nation states other than those it controls. In the umbrella system that is the United Kingdom it is a destabilising threat. One of the welcome liberations issuing from independence will see the last of that hypocrisy evaporate overnight. How many British spies and spooks will remain among us is a concern we have to face.
Reading some of our resident opinion formers, the Scottish ones, the ones with regular columns discussing Scotland’s political future, it’s often hard to tell if they’re writing from the head and heart, or a prepared hand-out from MI5.
I have my own mind. No one on the independence platform is a hero to me or influence me, and that includes the belligerent badass Wings over Scotland. I admire a few of them. I was already fully formed as a constitutional nationalist when I chanced upon their work, reassured to know they understood that for the most part the British press ranges from brazen liars to the ill-informed illiterate.
Regular readers will have spotted I like a good scrap. One of my quiet interests is boxing. I don’t make much noise about it. I tend to follow boxing contests as a man might hide a stray pound note under his shoe till safe to pocket it. In boxing you know who your opponent is, you know his form, and there are rules and a referee to keep it a fair fight. None of those things apply to spooks and sock puppets exploiting the Internet.
Readers enjoy a good spat, too. When I’m confronted by open animosity there’s always ringside readers ready to leap up and shout “Stick it to him, Grousey!” The pugilist in us all is stirred spotting spooks, shills, and evildoers in the media, those who do Scotland down. I’ve met a few. On one occasion I had to be physically restrained from hitting a shill in a pub bar. He went visibly pale.
Twice BBC Scotland counselled against devolution
My time as an unhappy employee of BBC here, London, and a spell in Northern Ireland, taught me that if there was any imaginative, vigorous producers in the organisation, the BBC hierarchy would smother their voice with in-house bureaucratic red tape, in short measure. I never knew which colleague to trust.
The son of Alistair Milne is Seamus Milne, his father a former Scots Director General for the BBC, was summarily dismissed – literally sent a memorandum to pack his bags that day – for insisting too many times Scottish broadcasting should get a better deal.
Body swerving the media
Milne Senior had a long illustrious career at the BBC. He began as a clever producer before promoted to Director-General. The Independent described him as “one of the most original and talented programme-makers to emerge during television’s formative years”. He got on the wrong side of the British. He disliked MI5 and MI6 operatives in the BBC. He wanted them to desist moonlighting for our secret police, or leave. Some worked for BBC Scotland. He paid the ultimate penalty. The BBC spooks began briefing against him. Their whispers were handed to the press as if factual information.
Young Milne Junior learned from his father not to trust journalists. To the uninformed, Seamus is the face walking behind Corbyn’s shoulder in photographs, the Labour Party’s Executive Director of Strategy and Communications, a man carrying a lot of influence over what Corbyn should say and do. Captain Corbyn is a tired old sea dog – fame thrust upon him too late in life – barely able to keep a course consistent in his head. He relies on trusted advisers to set the sails and steer the ship to stop him piloting it around in ever decreasing circles. Milne Junior knows how the BBC works inside-out.
In his well-researched book on the 1984-85 miners’ strike, The Enemy Within, describing how MI5 had penetrated the miner’s union to the highest level and were keeping Margaret Thatcher in touch with events, Seumas Milne wrote this:
“The incestuous relationship between the intelligence services and sections of the [British] media is, of course, nothing new. The connection is notoriously close in the case of foreign correspondents… Sandy Gall, the ITN reporter and newsreader, boasted of his work for MI6 during the 1980s.”
SNP was a dissidents organisation to avoid
When I began working for the BBC spooks and shills were open about their allegience. You got kudos for being a patriot disliked by the left-wing short-contract producers. The Radio Propaganda Unit better known as the World Service was jam packed with patriots. When I bumped into the odd spy they assumed my integrity must lie with theirs, otherwise how did it come to pass I was made an executive?
Knowing spooks exist, you understand the suspicion, never denied, placed on the head of BBC’s Gavin Esler for giving a completely fictitious ‘No Border’s’ baloney ‘grass roots’ outfit ten minutes of prime time news – repeated generously on the hour – during the independence referendum.
Meeting the press and handling press issues I got to know most newspapers had their share of informers, and ‘guidance’ advisers. One newspaper, The Telegraph, had a large percentage of its staff on the MI6 payroll. The Times was runner up. (Confirmed by US senate committee hearings in 1975.) Con Coughlin, Defence Editor at The Daily Telegraph, (The Torygraph) was recently outed. Nobody seemed to care. It could have been Gordon Ramsay outed as a potty mouthed chef, for all the outrage it generated.
“A 2,000 article reveals Coughlin was fed material by MI6 for years, which he then turned into Telegraph news articles.” Coughlin also admitted to have been “an eager shill for the Saudis”. Coughlin is also a fellow at the anti-Muslim New York think tank Gatestone Institute. You can safetly assume most right-wing think tanks have at least one MI6 stooge as a member, and are probably financed by the British state to some a degree.
Are you one of us?
Meeting BBC members of our espionage service switched on a light bulb. If the same journalists got promoted to the BBC as reporters, editors and heads of departments, how could the BBC call itself ‘impartial’, and where was the wonderful ‘free’ British press of which ebullient politicians boast?
That a free press underpins what’s left of British democracy is a colonial myth, as much a blatant lie as claiming Scots whisky is British. The word ‘free’ is a joke.
Anybody with half-a-brain perceives and acknowledges the British establishment press and media is awash with Unionist plants and stooges. That they act as a conduit for the British and now Brexit agenda is less well known. On reflection, I think Scotland’s independent supporters are wise to this by now. They recognise some flaky news reports could only come straight from covert confidence tricksters, feeding false material from their computer to a BBC editor’s desk. They colour everything we read and see.
They can’t all be bad
Yes, I raise my hands in the air, I admit there must exist one honest soul in the BBC or the Sunday Post so shocked and insulted at being approached to work for our secret services that he resigned in disgust. I know of none. What I do know is some media shills tried to smear our elected representatives, failed, and until exposed will keep trying.
Last month readers could have attended a lecturer given by one at Edinburgh University’s Business School. (The event was followed by a networking drinks reception. How jolly civilised.) Sir David Omand, GCB., former head of GCHQ, explored key ethical and technical issues relating to data security we face today.
Spying is a jolly occupation
Omand was previously UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, Permanent Secretary of the UK Home Office and Director of GCHQ. He published a book entitled Principled Spying: the ethics of secret intelligence, Oxford and Princeton University Presses. He justifies intelligence agencies on the basis they provide critical information to national security and foreign policy decision makers. What he avoided discussing is the British state spying on its own people poses inherent threats for Scotland’s liberty, human rights and independence.
Please, let no one tell me Russia or Iran or Saudi Arabia are bad people out to ruin the West by sending assassins and spies to poison Albion. We have our own in appointed jobs well paid to pacify and corral Scotland. No wonder we Scots are paranoid!
Here’s an excellent a documentary “Diomhair’ on the subject, produced many years ago by BBC Alba. YouTube link :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-id8hYRx0D4