Friday, 26 February 2010

Iain MacWhirter - A Speedy Recovery

By the time you read this Iain MacWhirter will have had his heart by-pass operation in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

It was by accident I discovered he was suffering heart problems again and his latest post 'Heart diseases: even fit people like me get it' explains it all.

For those readers who don't know Iain, he is one of Scotland's most highly respected journalists. I wish him a speedy recovery.


Strathturret said...

Hear, hear subrosa.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

In the last few years that I've taken an interest in politics, the Scottish press and its worthies have been something of a conundrum to me.

MacWhirter, Bell and Reid of the Herald and Jamieson of the Scotsman are all commentators of some calibre. Democratic and socially moral in their comments and often withering in their criticism of the establishment hegemony both north and south of the border, they will expose its incompetence and comment on its corruption but they back off from the final hurdle of breaking ranks with an abusive majority. And I have yet to read an article by any of them that explains this reluctance.

Is it down to corporate pressure and the monthly pay cheque?

Anonymous said...

Speedy recovery Iain. You're in great hands. Mr Walker and his team are superb, the nursing staff are swesome and when I was in the same ward (lungs go with hearts it appears) one of the cheeriest faces I saw every day was the lovely lady who cleaned our bit of the ward.

I never heard anyone say a bad word about the service or treatment there.

What a lovely bunch of dedicated people. When you read of Mid-Staffordshire, you appreciate just how fantasticly lucky we are here.

subrosa said...

Yes it is strange isn't it RA, they just can't bring themselves out of the 'we cannae really dae it' mode.

I think Iain is self employed but of course a pay cheque always holds some level of importance. Now I'm not sure about this, but I think the BBC dropped him because he wasn't unionist enough. Perhaps others will correct me if I'm wrong. I can't remember the whole story.

subrosa said...

It's lovely to hear such a good recommendation of the NHS here Tris, and good to know you're on the mend too.

Dramfineday said...

Here, Here SR. Keep going Iain, you grumpy old............. Gentleman

Strathturret said...

Yes Subrosa I read somewhere that Iain was being dropped for these comment pieces where the BBC wanted two journalists. Perhaps under pressure from the Labour party?

Iain is one of the best along with Bell and Jamieson, when he sticks to finance and business.

subrosa said...

Dram, around here there are two men, rather older than Iain, who have had this op in past years. Both are fit as fiddles and one came to give help when snow was a problem just after Christmas.

Their energy puts many younger ones to shame.

subrosa said...

I just can't remember the details Strathturret but I do recall not seeing Iain in the BBC for some considerable time.

Alex Porter said...

I've been a critic of Iain's over the years. I think though he's been breave and made the road towards the real democratic journalist. I think he's become a voice in politics and is ahead of the pack in economics. I often disagree with him but he's given me reason to rethink and he's a really skillful writer.
We really need him around with the election coming up and it seems that Scotland will have an interesting time at the next Holyrood and possible referendum. The sooner he's back at it, the better!

subrosa said...

There are plenty who would agree with you Alex. I just hope this post doesn't start a postbag full of get well cards to ERI!

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