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Fair play to you

I hardly watch any TV (I have not watched anything in the last week) but I do listen to quite a lot of radio. My station of choice is Radio Scotland as it provides excellent current affairs coverage as well some very good and interesting magazine type programmes.

Yesterday’s Good Morning Scotland is a good illustration of their varied output. The show, as always, was an interesting mix of news and comment.

Because I have a regular run to one of my suppliers early on a Saturday morning involving a sixty mile round trip, I have the opportunity to hear this show. The broadcast style and substance of presenters Derek Bateman and Isobel Fraser is second to none.

In yesterday’s edition there was of course an examination of the terrible events in Connecticut. If you click on the above link and go to 1:06:20 you’ll hear how they cover that story. Even with such a horrendous item of news, Bateman immediately shifts one’s thinking by asking a fellow broadcaster from Connecticut how unusual this type of event was in the liberal east coast, pointing out that we would normally think of rural America being the typical location for such gun crime.

Also, if you go to 53 minutes, there is an interesting examination of the notion of British fair play.

At 1:18 you’ll hear Isobel Fraser introduce an article about food parcels and how increasingly people are becoming reliant on them in Scotland. The article helped me decide the destination of my Christmas present this year.

Being a man who is knee-deep in gadgets and frippery, and whose atheism is thrown into sharp focus at this time of year, I don’t really want or need any more “stuff” to clutter my life.

I will therefore ask Mrs Rab instead to send the money otherwise reserved for the purpose to the Glasgow Foodbank whilst remaining mindful of the fact that such deprivation should not happen in a civilised society. Nor should the alleviation of hunger be the remit of a charity.

For government to take that on board really would add some substance to the notion of British fair play.

Edited to add: Check out from 11:20 onwards where first the Act of Union is analyzed and then a discussion between Bateman, Angus McLeod and Ian McWhirter about an independent Scotland’s place in the EU and how M. Barosso may be labouring under some important misapprehensions


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  1. Hi Robert a lovely gesture and just to let you know that we are looking to set up a foodbank in West Dunbartonshire. Terrible in this day and age but if we take the right route it should target the causes behind this need. Happy Christmas 🙂 D x

  2. “For government to take [alleviation of hunger] on board really would add some substance to the notion of British fair play.”

    The pastor at yesterday’s Quaker meeting (who is English) read some short passages from Dickens’ “Christmas Carol” and observed that Scrooge was correct when he expressed reliance on government to alleviate the suffering of the poor and destitute.

    She was not an admirer of debtors’ prisons and workhouses, of course — simply advocating for a systematic approach.

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