Rupe and Salmond

Nothing much happens worth commenting about, then like buses they all come along together.
Much has been made about James Murdochs advisors emails with an advisor for Alex Salmond, suggesting Alex was willing to speak to Hunt on behalf of Ruperts bid for controlling interest in BSkyB.
Unionist politicians have been on a feeding frenzy ever since, trying to find something that they could find to bury Alex with. They have represented these internal emails as fact, rather than wishful thinking by a news international employee currying favour with his boss.
They have also maintained their allegations of impropriety are fact rather than fiction. The BBC have been delighted, and have been leading on it and the Trump traveling circus with great gusto.

So keen have Labour in particular been, that they have been putting it about that Alex withdrew from BBC Question Time tomorrow as a result of these allegations.
In actual fact, Alex had never agreed to be on the programme in the first place, he has a family funeral to attend tomorrow, so that only serves to add distaste to Labours hypocritical posturing on the matter.
They are only too keen to distance themselves from their own extensive wining and dining of the Murdochs, and Blair even flying out to Australia to see old Rupert for his support.
But when it comes down to Alex speaking to Rupert, it is suddenly extremely dirty and underhand, despite there being nothing that Alex could actually do for Rupert which would be to his advantage.

Tavish Scott was busy claiming that something stank about Alexs support for Rupert. When another email said that the Lib Dems in Scotland supported Murdoch, Tavish claimed to have no recollection, yet the email about Alex’s advisor was gospel.

In actuality, when we look at the known facts, It would appear that Alex and the SNP saw a benefit for Scotland if Rupe had his way, and they were keen to have expansion of the BSkyB operations in Bathgate.
How disgraceful is that?
It would also appear that Alex was prepared to speak to Hunt, if that would be of assistance.Nothing out of the ordinary there, as there is inter governmental lobbying going on all the time, particularly where jobs are concerned. The call never took place, so surely that should be the end of this fabricated story? No chance..just more hot air.
Labour also make the most of the fact that Alex was keen for News International support…Absolutely disgraceful, imagine a political party wanting press support, scurrilous and unheard of.
Coming after all the years of Labour Spin, and their distinctly unhealthy relationship with the press, and having their own pet Scottish papers, it really takes the biscuit them complaining about any other party wanting good press coverage.
There has been absolutely no suggestion that the SNP were in any way able to deliver anything for Murdoch other than support for his bid.
They are not exactly the Tory governments best buddies are they?

Old Rupe was in front of Levison today, and here is some of what was said.

Murdoch on Salmond & Scot independence: “it’s emotional, but I’m not convinced, so I thought we should stay neutral and see how he performs”

“I don’t know much about the SNP. I met Mr Salmond a few times, found him an attractive person.. and independence is a nice idea”

Rupert Murdoch on the Scottish Sun’s SNP support: “If I didn’t support the SNP, I really would have had an insurrection up there”

So what does that tell you? That Rupe likes Alex Salmond personally, he is mildly in favour of Independence, and that his own editorial would be up in arms in revolt against him if they couldn’t support the SNP.
Not good news for the Unionists, but they have had everyone else in their pockets for long enough, time there was a level playing field.

What they don’t like is the fact that the Sun is Scotlands biggest selling tabloid and supporting the SNP. Green Cheese.

And for the absence of doubt what Alex was about, here is his letter to James Murdoch in January 2011 discussing investment in jobs. I don’t see a lot wrong with it, do you?

Dear James

It was a pleasure meeting you in London last week and I would like to thank you for hosting lunch which was most enjoyable. I appreciated the opportunity to meet and thought our conversation on business opportunities for BSkyB in Scotland most useful.

As we discussed, BSkyB already has a significant presence in Scotland with offices located in Dunfermline, Livingston and Uddingston. I am proud of the fact that Scotland is an internationally recognised Business Process Outsourcing location. This is in large part due to Scotland’s combination of high quality skills and lower overheads, compared to the rest of the UK and Europe.

I was pleased to hear your comments confirming this view with your observation that Scotland is the ‘gold standard’ in business outsourcing. I intend for Scotland to continue to capitalise on its strengths in this field.

As we discussed, this competitiveness will continue to offer significant benefits to BSkyB. The Scottish Government has recently opened the Airdrie to Bathgate Rail Link, providing a fourth rail route between Edinburgh and Glasgow and thereby affording greater connections across Central Scotland. The rail link ensures efficient public transport for our already highly skilled labour force to businesses located in the central belt. The link passes through Livingston, and so would obviously provide a strong advantage should BSkyB choose to expand its operations in Livingston and Dunfermline.

As we discussed, Scotland has a system of colleges which is second to none in terms of the quality and relevance of the skills training it delivers. Our colleges operate in a way which enables them to respond quickly and flexibly to the training needs of successful and expanding businesses. College governance is business-led which guarantees the very strong economic relevance of college activity. This is reinforced by the independence we deliberately give to colleges, allowing them to support the continuing development of Scotland’s economy based on their considerable expertise and links with business, and with the minimum of interference by government.

I look forward to continuing our conversation on BSkyB’s presence in Scotland. I would also enjoy the opportunity to reciprocate your hospitality here in Scotland. Therefore, I very much hope that you would be able to join me for dinner at Bute House at some point in the next two months.

About auldacquaintance

I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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7 Responses to Rupe and Salmond

  1. Don McC says:

    How dare Alex Salmond use his position as First Minister to try and increase investment and jobs in Scotland. It’s a scandal and he should resign immediately. Much better we have Milliband’s (m)(p)uppet Lamont in power. She, at least, would have taken her cues from Westminster before dealing with Murdoch.

  2. largslab says:

    Bought and sold for American (or is that Australian, it’s difficult to tell sometimes…) gold,

    • Angus McLellan says:

      Why can’t you post under your real name instead of the endless stream of pseudonyms? It’s not like your style isn’t immediately identifiable.

  3. Tris says:

    Brilliant post AA. Absolutely brilliant.

  4. Macart says:

    Aye AA, the shame of it all helping to secure thousands of wage packets. Good post. 🙂

  5. mato21 says:

    Some people have short memories, others just do not know so should watch what they say in case it comes back tto bite them
    Monday 17 March 1997

    The chief whip, Donald Dewar, took me aside. “Have you heard about tomorrow’s Sun?”


    “Murdoch is coming out for us. I know you’ve got strong views on the subject, some of which I share, but I’d be grateful if you could refrain from commenting.”

    I agreed – until 2 May.

    Tuesday 18 March 1997

    Sure enough today’s Sun is covered in “We back Blair

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