‘Keep up the good work chaps chapesses!’
On GMS, at 7.40am yesterday, associate professor, Dr Eamonn O’Neill, Napier University, reviewed the papers with all the critical analysis of…..eh….someone who is not an associate professor and who likes them and all his old pals a lot? He delights in a Herald (his old employer) piece on Scotrail beginning with:
‘Services in Scotrail are the worst since records began’
You can guess what follows. Less predictably, he sniggers strangely between dramatic catastrophic quotes. He’s guffawing now. Why is he so delighted by this? Is he hoping that a posse of maddened-by-delay commuters will verbally attack Humza Yousef, thinking he’s still responsible and that Scottish Labour can then exploit the situation? They’d fuck it up of course. Why does he think his suggestion of ‘a train of woe’ is clever and worth repeating? He finishes this piece, astonishingly, given his status, with:
‘And I know this because you see it in tweets all the time. People really do suffer because of the trouble with trains. Those figures this morning will really bear out people’s beliefs that things are not quite getting better.’
WTF!? An ‘associate professor’, working in a university, seems to think he can ‘know things’ because he ‘sees it in tweets all the time’ and that it will ‘bear out people’s beliefs.’ You need empirical evidence to say anything at all about anything like that and even then, it has to remain conditional on new evidence supporting or questioning it. He must know this to work in a university even if he didn’t have a doctorate or wasn’t an associate professor, both of which require or used to, considerable knowledge of research methods.
Eamonn is a former ‘international award-winning investigative journalist’ with Esquire, the Herald and the Scotsman. I guess that’s the kind of radical outsider academic that Good Morning Scotland needs to keep it on its toes.
Getting back on track (clever? Ho ho) with my train of thought (stop it my ribs hurt) to signal (STOP!) the fault in his line of thought (Aeeeee!!!!), as an investigative journalist even, never mind the academic bit for now, should he have questioned the Herald report in any way? It would only have taken a few minutes to find that Wings over Scotland had already demolished the story. He’ll be fond of the Rev Stu and bloggers genrally, I feel sure. Anyhow, here it is:
Wings has actually researched the story properly. I award him a full-visiting-honorary professorship in ‘21st Century Investigative Journalism’ at the Chomsky University of Propaganda Studies in Ayr.
I was on GMS one morning in 2014. I was only a ‘Reader’ or ‘Associate Professor’ then. The next day, in the morning I got an invite to appear on Newsnight Scotland. At around 3 in the afternoon they withdrew the request. Now I’m retired and past it, I don’t suppose I’ll ever get to meet Gordon Brewer….sigh.