What will it take for Nicola Sturgeon to realise the SNP’s media paranoia is damaging her movement?
The early dawn light filters in through a narrow slither of a window. Inside the smoky room gathers senior BBC officials. They work through the days news headlines, plotting how to turn them into headaches for the SNP. Dispersing soon after, ready to manipulate the poor unthinking masses.
If that sounds remotely plausible to you, you are part of the SNP’s broader problem.
The Nationalist movement has always had its more colourful wing of supporters, and a tendency toward conspiracy theories inside political parties isn’t a revelation . But the indyref, and the subsequent fallout has revealed a damaging paranoia writ-large inside the SNP rank and file. The belief that the BBC; and ‘the mainstream media’ more broadly; are somehow out to destroy the SNP is la grand illusion of our time.
Does this really happen? No, of course it doesn’t. But there are a considerable number of people in the SNP and the wider Indyref2 movement who seem to believe it’s exactly the sort of thing that does go on. – Andrew Collier, former SNP spin doctor
Any notion that the Telegraph, BBC, Daily Record & Herald are all in cahoots to plot a media agenda to damage the SNP is for the birds. And only a cask-strength Nat would subscribe to it.
The impact of such delusion damages the SNP, but also wider Scotland.
If you do subscribe to the Nat view of the world, then surely you’d be furious at such cybernat conspiracy theorising. SNP media spinners like Andrew Collier write often about how much damage is reeked by such antics. There he is, building up valuable support and sympathy for the SNP government with, say, The Herald – only for cybernats and their ilk to pour as much vitriol on them as they’d reserve for the Mail.
Who does it hurt? Why it hurts their own cause. Behaviour like that alienates the media, and reduces the available pool of sympathetic editors and journalists. Spend enough time shouting at newspapers and broadcasters that they’re biased scum and they will soon stop listening to anyone associated with you.
Not a great tactic for getting your narrative across to the wider public.
However, because of its high profile and penetration into households, the BBC was — and indeed remains — the cybernats’ main target. Peak Anger arrived days before the 2014 vote in a series of demonstrations outside Pacific Quay, intimidating staff and forcing the presence of the police. -Andrew Collier
Does anyone in the ‘YES movement’ actually think that open intimidation of BBC staff helped their cause prior the the indyref vote?
It isn’t what Scotland needs either.
Scotland needs less of the polarising ‘yes vs no’ ‘separatist vs unionist’ narratives. We need public trust in our broadcasting institutions, we need mutual respect.
The grand delusions of the SNP rank and file is damaging both them, their cause, and the civility of the wider civic sphere. They have to stop.