Here’s the headline:
‘SNP ministers struggling to deliver hit 100% superfast broadband’
It’s a bit of an SNPBad parody this one, with ‘SNP Government’ replacing ‘Scottish Government’ more than once and ‘SNP Minister’ replacing ‘Scottish Government Minister’. These choices of terminology reveal ideology. The writer’s clear agenda is to attack a political party rather than report factually or objectively.
Anyhow, the main issue here is ‘Where does the responsibility lie for the delivery of superfast broadband?’
It’s a very long piece with space for Jamie Greene MSP to suggest again that ‘Scotland has fallen behind England.’
What’s wrong with the piece is, first, its failure to include any consideration of the UK government’s role in this. Nearly a year ago, The Ferret did a fact check on this and found in the end:
‘While the Scottish Government has some measure of control over broadband projects, telecommunications including broadband infrastructure are ultimately still reserved by Westminster, limiting the level of decision-making available to Scottish ministers.’
And, second, missing from the Herald piece was this key contextual factor:
‘Scotland has unique difficulties in rolling out coverage to rural areas, with BT stating that the country has the “most significant geographic challenges in the UK, and arguably in Europe, when it comes to deploying fibre [broadband]”.’
Why would a Scottish newspaper, with a sale or two in the Highlands and Islands, not want to discuss these unique difficulties? Aren’t they needed in giving readers a full account?