by Wee Hamish

What a stooshie Wee Eck has caused by agreeing to allow RT to broadcast his new chat show! You’d think it was the end of the world.

Actually, it might be as far as the Yoons in the media are concerned, because they’ve lost control of the message. It’s maybe a coincidence, but Steve Keen, the Australian economist, wrote just last week that the reason he appears more on RT than on the BBC is because RT allow him to say what he wants to say, while the BBC are more interested in entertainment than facts, and don’t want him giving out the wrong message. Nae wonder Eck went with RT, because you can bet the BBC wouldn’t allow him on their precious channels.

The other thing that bothered me was Nicola Sturgeon’s response. She said going with RT wouldn’t have been her choice. Naturally, the Scottish media were all over this like a rash. But Eck is a free citizen now, bound by no rules of Parliament, and nobody can stop him making his own programmes and doing a deal with whichever broadcaster is prepared to show it. And, as far as Nicola Sturgeon is concerned, am I the only one who gets the feeling she is far too cautious about not rocking the boat? I mean, she’s promised to make the case for independence, but we’re still waiting to hear that from the SNP. A few Tweets from senior SNP MSPs isn’t going to get the word out to the wider public.

We’ll have to wait and see whether Eck’s show will be any good, or whether anyone watches it, but one thing is for sure: he’s already rattled the UK media, and he might just be able to do something the SNP seem incapable of doing just now; persuading people that being independent is Scotland’s best chance for the future.