Between watching Westworld last night and BBC Scotland’s early morning report, there were only my dreams to protect me from these two spookily similar nightmares. In Westworld we met utterly perfect, beautiful robots who, like the ‘replicants’ in Blade Runner, would come to want much more than their creators planned for them. In the end, disappointed and trapped in their endless horror, they would plan their revenge upon us. On BBC Scotland we saw one of their perfect beauties tell us, apparent happily, of our awful fate:
‘Production will begin formally today on the next generation of UK submarines which will carry Trident missiles. The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, will attend a steel-cutting event in Barrow-in-Furness. The vessels will be the most advanced ever ordered for the Royal Navy and will house the UK’s nuclear weapons system from the early 2030s. The MOD say several hundreds of suppliers are expected to be involved in the new programme at its peak securing jobs from Scotland to the South of England.’
There wasn’t a hint of any discord in these words or, for that matter, in the presenter’s voice and facial expression. ‘Securing’, that’s a nice word isn’t it? ‘Securing’ total annihilation for our leaders’ enemies. I feel better already. Only 40% of Scots want to retain the missile system in Scotland yet the report is 100% uncritical of the development. It’s quite a naked piece of propaganda. Before that, we heard:
‘The leader of the Scottish Conservatives will today insist that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP do not speak for Scotland. Ruth Davidson will tell the Conservative Conference in Birmingham that the majority of Scots do not want another divisive independence referendum. She’ll also say Scotland is bigger, more varied and more complex than the SNP would like to pretend it is. The Scottish Conservatives are currently the second-largest party at Holyrood, behind the SNP.’
Again, there was no balancing or contradictory comment. The report reads like a PR announcement rather than news. The irony of the Tories praising Scotland’s rich diversity, as they drag it out of Europe, is rich. The last sentence is utterly misleading and pathetic given their tiny membership and miserable 14.9% of the vote in Scotland in the last general election. The ‘Scottish Tory Surge’ is a media construct.
We also had the RMT strike called off and very good news about wind energy output.
Running total 21 to 5/10/16* Number of reports
Bad news for SG/SNP 15
Good news for SG/SNP 7
Bad news for Labour 1
Good news for Labour 5
Bad news for CP 0
Good news for CP 3
* Monday to Friday only
The trends continue. My mind screams.