The freedom of information monkeys have been at it again. The government formerly known as the Scottish Executive (the first to declare its independence from legal shackles by press release) has released background briefing papers prepared for the previous regime about the so-called Scottish Six (a proposed Scottish six o’clcok news broadcast of international and national news from a Scottish perspective). The documents are banal enough with references to various surveys indicating the public don’t think much of their news coverage (and that’s years before the McCann fiasco with news reporters and presenters referring to the McCanns on first name terms throughout the investigation and subsequent to their identification as suspects).
For those of us who wonder what a Scottish Six would be like, thankfully the BBC Scotland news website has offered a preview. Some of you in the UK may be aware that foot and mouth has hit the garden of England again – in the strain released into the wild by the government funded laboratories a month ago. How does BBC Scotland report this?
Scottish sheep tested for disease. Apparently a sheep from Perthshire touring the south of England has been caught up in the foot and mouth crisis. The other sheep involved (in order of importance) are Irish, Welsh, English, French, Poles, illegal immigrant sheep from Kazakhstan – here to take our wool producing wool jobs and steal our rams.
The Scottish Six will take this development a step further by finding the Scottish element to other international incidents. Perhaps the apocryphal “Aberdeenshire man drowned at sea” may find an appropriate home