BBC Scotland News shoring up the Union with endless layers of supportive repetition

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Six times this morning from 06:27, as viewers are at their most susceptible to psychological conditioning, the BBC Scotland insert in the Breakfast show headlines:

The Prime Minister will begin an emergency dash around European capitals in an effort to save her Brexit deal. A crucial vote was called off at the last minute yesterday as the government knew it couldn’t win. Now the opposition will hold an emergency debate as the hothouse atmosphere at Westminster continues.’

Then, against the background images of the PM leaving No.10, we hear more from ‘our correspondent’ that we have already heard minutes before in the broadcast.

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Why does this report, taking time out of a tiny 3-minute insert, headline a simple repetition of the news already broadcast from a UK perspective, with no Scottish perspective? Do they think people are switching on at exactly 27 and 57 minutes after the hour, just to hear the Scottish bit, and so might otherwise have missed the same story also repeated six or more times from the Salford couch?

The message is clear. This is about the UK and not just Scotland, even in this Scottish insert. A Scottish perspective might at times come first and alone but cannot be the default position even though the notion of having this insert has presumably been rationalised. in the first place, as giving a Scottish perspective. Regularly, however, an uncritical adoption of the same UK narrative, will be the headline news for Scotland.

The effect is to shore up in the unconscious minds of the audience that the Westminster view of the world is the shared, important even natural one. Over time and with other many similar messages such as, for example, the TV dominance of ‘British’ sport, the labelling of Scottish products with Union flags, or the teaching of British history in schools, is of mental conditioning which subtly moulds the subconscious mind, adding layers of supportive matter to the internalised concepts of who we are and thus how we should act when we act, as we do and as science has shown, driven by the unconscious mind, only rationalising retrospectively.

This need not require a plan. Our journalists do not need to have conspired to strengthen the Union in our minds. While some seniors may at times explicitly push the Union agenda, mostly it will come quickly, unthinkingly, and seem ‘natural’ to them to do so. For most, it will have become the climate in which they work, also quickly and ‘naturally’. That’s why they are often genuinely puzzled or angered when accused of bias. They have no sense of being biased. They’re just doing what comes naturally, over and over, to great effect.

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The temptation to do so is understandable. The presenter feels more important when they talk big politics from London. Wouldn’t it be nice to be promoted to London Correspondent or even Washington? That James Cook even gets to walk around in skinny jeans there. Yes, away from that ‘oh so clever Nicola’, that ‘oh so depressing Richard’ and that smell of Aberdeenshire fish every bloody day recently.

‘The Prime minister, our prime minister. The government, our government. The opposition, our opposition.’ Add slowly, stir thoroughly then allow to settle. Give repeat doses every two or three days to sustain immunity, then as required, for around 70 years. Works best if started when young and when doses are given in the early morning. Do not discuss ingredients or possible side effects as this can reduce effectiveness.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “BBC Scotland News shoring up the Union with endless layers of supportive repetition

  1. Contrary December 11, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Ohhh tell me about it. GMS this morning, I’ve actually been listening properly, has been full-on empire building. As well as encouraging thousands of older people that there’s no point in trying to keep your brain exercised, you might as well give up now, your brain is inevitably going to deteriorate, don’t bother with your puzzles. Sigh. They add the fuzzy caveat that if your brain starts at a higher level, the deterioration has less effect, IF you’ve been exercising your brain all your life. I already knew this, it isn’t news, but broadcasting it as though the older generation are doomed either way is nonsense, you still have to keep exercising your brain! It’s thrown in there to spread despair amongst our older voters, might as well vote Brexit if there’s no hope left,,,

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    • Contrary December 11, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Your jaw will be hanging open in astonishment at the brazen brassneckery they display, be prepared, coffee and a bacon roll required for listening.

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  2. baronesssamedi December 11, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    The brain research was from a Scottish University (Aberdeen) TBF! And James Cook’s one of the better journalists too.

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  3. bigjon999 December 11, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    From the Guardian today:
    “Martin Kettle: Our best hope is a temporary national government
    Martin Kettle. Circular panelist byline. DO NOT USE FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE!
    It must not be no deal, which would make the poor poorer, disrupt the economy, isolate the country internationally, further empower racism, and revive the toxic issues of Irish unification and Scottish independence.”
    Nice to see a Guardian journalist implying that Irish (re)unification and Scottish independence are “toxic” whereas “empowering racism” isn’t labelled as such… shows the priorities of the London journalists = British Nationalism still trumps all other issues.

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  4. Margaret Kelly December 11, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    There is nothing the matter with my brain and I am in my 80th year I have lived a good and productive. Life never in all my years have I seen such a chaotic government.Like all of my generation I will be thinking about the youngsters who will come after me

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  5. Vince Orchiston December 11, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    The irony is… we are actually paying them ( The BBC ) for the privilege of brainwashing us .
    Scrap that bloody licence I say ! 😠

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