Saturday, 2 October 2010
Scottish Journalism and SNP Bias
Isn't it strange how two newspapers can report so diversely on one subject. Yesterday there was a stooshie in the Scottish media about a Glasgow granny being evicted from her home as it stands in the way of the plans to make the site the athletes' village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Glasgow City Council has offered Mrs Jaconelli £30,000 under a compulsory purchase order and she isn't happy. Yesterday the First Minister became involved and he appeared to back the council's bid to evict Mrs Jaconelli and today the Scottish Express continue the attack on the FM claiming his stay in a 5 star hotel at India's Commonwealth Games is "unnecessary and completely excessive". How they make that claim, when the cost of the Scottish government's official visit to Delhi has not yet been calculated, is bad journalism.
Glasgow is to host the 2014 Games. Who do critics such as the well-by-his-sell-by-date George Foulkes think should represent Scotland in Delhi? Perhaps George fancied a little trip himself, but I doubt if he would consider travelling economy class - the manner in which Shona Robison and some advisors flew on Thursday.
The saga continues today with the Herald doing a fine piece of investigative journalism. It would appear Mrs Jaconelli has been offered several homes since 2002 and refused them all. Furthermore, it's revealed that her lawyer is asking the council for a massive £380,000 on his client's behalf, £300,000 for the value of the land being acquired by the authority and a further £80,000 for the inconvenience.
As one local resident said: "Sympathy for the Jaconellis' situation would evaporate once the amount of money the family is looking for is known.
"It's a sad story, but 11 years ago, long before this Commonwealth Games business, a dozen other people took around £30,000 being offered and ran, including one family selling their flat in the block for £11,000." Mrs Jaconelli and her family are the only residents living in the housing block.
She said: "My solicitor put in for that figure. He wanted me to get a decent settlement. I haven't known what the figure is. You'll need to ask him".
There we have it. The Scottish press desperate to tarnish the SNP government and the First Minister, yet with a little digging it appears the leadership of the SNP group within Glasgow City Council has done everything within their power to rehouse Mrs Jaconelli. We now also know our political representatives used economy class to fly to India and Alex Salmond - being perhaps the best ambassador Scotland has had in many a year - wants to stay in a 5 star hotel in Delhi good luck to him. I wouldn't stay in anything less than 4 star myself in a country which doesn't have the highest hygiene standards.
Three newspapers, two very different reports on the same story. The SNP-bashing will only worsen the nearer we drift towards May next year.