Flames of hate and a burnt out coach

On the day a leading academic highlighted that sectarianism was rife in Scotland it seemed strange that many newspapers thought the burning of a bus to be the story of the day.

To my best of my knowledge the bus suffered no pain as it headed for the garage in the sky and no dependants were left grieving.

The police consider the blaze to have been deliberately started and I trust that the culprits will be nabbed rather sharpish.

Certain sections of the media seemed determined in one way or another to point a finger at certain sections of the Scottish community for this dastardly attack on the bus.

Cameron Hay in the Scottish Sun quoted Sevco’s manager as saying:

“It’s absolutely pathetic that someone would go to that extreme. I don’t know the exact circumstances but it looks like it’s been a premeditated attack on the Rangers team bus. There’s absolutely no excuse for that and I hope the police find the culprits.”

Mr McCoist’s moral outrage didn’t seem to extend to the many supporters of his club – decked out in full club regalia – who were seen by a global audience trying to set fire to policemen and policewomen across five nights in Belfast last weekend.

Was there “absolutely no excuse” for that?

Is this just the case of one burnt out coach talking about another burnt out coach?

Ensuring we got an unbiased view in the Sun was Cameron Hay – the son of PR Gordon Hay, who once assured the Scottish media that his client, Craig Whyte, was a “billionaire from Motherwell”.

Cameron’s dad, having told the truth, the whole truth and certainly nothing but the truth about Craig Whyte, is now helping to sell the message for the Yes campaign in the run up to next year’s Scottish independence referendum.

A strange gig for the Union-loving chap.

No doubt Gordon’s British flag is safely folded away until such times as he does for Alex Salmond what he achieved for Craig Whyte!

The report in Scotland on Sunday from the Chairman of a group set up by the Scottish Government will make awkward reading for many. The Chair, Dr Duncan Morrow, says:

“Sectarian division, mistrust and discrimination will only cease to matter if there is a will to name it when we find it and to address its consequences in a way which confirms a common commitment to a shared and equal Scotland.”

Well said, that man.

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