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I’m Thinking of Leaving My Husband

I’m Thinking of Leaving My Husband.

Go Home, Scots…

Go Home, Scots….

Disgruntled of Glasgow

Derek Bateman Broadcaster1

Why am I doing this? What is the motivation for going back over events at the BBC when it is no longer part of my daily life? The BBC’s own answer is that I am a disgruntled ex-employee whose opinions can be discounted as bitter and vengeful. That is how all former staff who become critics are regarded and dismissed. It is a simple, all-embracing answer to everything that is said that managers don’t like and means they can avoid introspection and doubt.

Well I am certainly resentful about the way the BBC is run and how some decisions impacted on myself. But I like to think the reason for sharing that more widely is my belief that the licence-fee payers have a right to hear what staff think, not just what managers say they think. My approach is governed not by a hierarchical management structure to which I only…

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Disgruntled of Glasgow

Disgruntled of Glasgow.

Revealed: SNP crannog plan

derek bateman broadcaster2

It’s emerged that secret plans have been devised by the Scottish government for the population to live in Iron Age crannogs when society breaks down after independence. It is feared that extreme poverty will drive people into the countryside and there will be a return to ancient ways.

Government officials have been covertly making a study of the Loch Tay Crannog in Perthshire to see how it could be modified for modern use. Surveyors wearing animal skin costumes to blend in with the guides have been observing how visitors interact with the wood and stone-based environment.

Families are shown how to operate 2500-year-old primitive tools to make their own clothing and learn how to make fire. Staff at the visitor centre said details were supposed to be secret but that a steady stream of SNP dignitaries have been arriving to be shown what to expect when Scotland returns to the…

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Revealed: SNP crannog plan

Revealed: SNP crannog plan.

Carmichael the Coalition koala

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ImageScotland has a new governor general, Alistair Carmichael has replaced Hermann Moorester because Westminster wants a bruiser to lead the anti-indy campaign, and David Cameron needs a stand-in for a debate with the Eck.

Davie can’t be seen getting involved in the independence debate, people might think he was Scotland’s Prime Minister or something.

Apparently the tone from Westminster hasn’t been negative enough, and the No vote – the default position – has continued to sag in the polls despite Project Fear’s barrage of lemons for the Scottish media to sook on.  Hermann Moore was negative, but he did it with a sad face and George Osborne thought his heart wasn’t really in it.  Project Fear needs more shouting, smearing, and questions that are only difficult because Westminster refuses to provide an answer to them.

Unfortunately Westminster is forced to select from a small and diminishing gene pool.  The Bullington…

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Both Sides of the Tweed

Both Sides of the Tweed.

The Wit and Wisdom of No

The Wit and Wisdom of No.

I couldn’t make it up…

I couldn’t make it up….

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