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Scotland’s newest pro-indy media outlet launches

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You might have thought that the National had successfully cornered the fiction market among SNP devotees. But now Mr S has discovered the existence of another pro-independence media outlet keen to shake up Scotland’s media landscape. ‘Skotia’ claims it will divert from the ‘obsessive hysteria of Scotland’s political class’ by making ‘life difficult for the architects of Scotland’s political consensus’ and maintaining a ‘constant vigilance on those who sow hate and inhumanity’. Noble stuff.

Its launch video features the outlet’s new editor, Coll McCail, an earnest redhead, who proclaims:

While the British state looks out for its own, the Scottish establishment is too comfortable. It’s too cosy with the people and institutions that once pledged change but now make nice with the very people they promised to usurp. Look under the progressive, inclusive veneer and it’s still one big club and we’re still not allowed in.

Poetic as it is, Skotia’s launch video is more than a little confusing. Who exactly McCain is referring to as ‘the Scottish establishment’ is unclear – being ‘too cosy’ with any kind of influence is hardly one of the Scottish government’s problems at present. If he believes the Scottish establishment is the unionist lobby then they’re hardly unfairly dominating the political landscape, given Holyrood’s pro-independence majority…

And Mr S supposes it’s hardly surprising McCain isn’t let into the SNP’s ‘club’ – he’s not only a member of the Scottish Labour party but he sits on their executive committee. Building a ‘confident, independent Scotland’ was not one of Starmer’s five missions the last time we checked. Still, if it gets the National rattled, perhaps it’s not all a bad thing…

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