Herald reporter Gerry Braiden writes today that; “Ulster-style loyalism has again become a shorthand for elements of the Yes movement to denigrate opponents”. The article is entitled; “Folk devils, Orange panics and Scotland’s council elections”.
So, who’s causing the ‘Orange panic’, then?
Why, that’ll also be The Herald.
So, hilariously, the Herald hyped an ‘Orange panic’ story and now The Herald writes about how terrible that Yes folk are fomenting Orange panic. They’re actually taking the piss, right?
Yes, of course they’re actually taking the piss. That’s their job, so let’s not take them too seriously.
By the way, I know one’s The Herald and the other’s The Sunday Herald and that they have different positions on independence and that a bit of infighting between papers and reporters is part of the industry and all that, and, and, and. But they’re still taking the piss and having a laugh about it later in the bar.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, note how the same piece pretends at a bit of balance by referring to how unionists are frequently and casually linking the independence cause in Scotland to the threat of republican-style violence. It reads as if to say; “hey, I know Yes folk are being baselessly accused of harbouring violent intent, and indeed of being violent (during the last referendum), but that’s no excuse to be using The Unionist Orangey Thing’.
But is there really any comparison? Accusing people of being incipient terrorists and murderers on the one hand, and on the other pointing out that that some Orange activity is explicitly aimed at getting unionist pollticians elected with the express purpose not of helping folk but of defending the union?
Well, that’s for you to make your own mind up on of course. I know I have.