Good Morning Scotland broadcasts with the latter two still fierce distorters in defence of the Union. However, more than one respondent has drawn my attention to the fact that the website has been reporting good and accurate news for Scotland. I’ve put it down to the fact that the top brass at Pacific Quay know that social media is already dominated by Yes-supporters but that TV and Radio still offer them an older and/or more passive, audience that can be propagandised into staying with the No side. It’s what Karl Marx called repressive tolerance. You allow some media outlets to speak the truth so that you can deny propagandising overall. However, today’s example took me by surprise:
‘A new phase of Highland history is unfolding in Sutherland as land still owned by the family of the man blamed for the Highland Clearances is to be sold to descendants of those he evicted. It is seen as a significant development for an area which still lives with the legacy of the decision by the infamous Duke of Sutherland two centuries ago to remove his tenants to make more money from sheep farming. The English nobleman inherited the vast tracts of northern Scotland when he married and quickly set about making what he called “improvements”. He carried out extensive clearances between 1811 and 1820, with his factor Patrick Sellar personally supervising the eviction of any tenants who showed reluctance to leave.’
‘Scottish soldiers used as cannon-fodder by English generals in World War I?’
Footnote: If you read these articles quite soon after I’ve posted them then you might miss some of the excellent responses made later by readers. It’s well worth returning 24 hours later to see some of them. Quite a few have even more information of interest than my starter.