19 June 2007

Is The Scotsman For People Who've Just Woken Up From A Coma?

What can be done with The Scotsman? I've previously mentioned bizarre comments by them and a real dumbing down of the product however I was out last weekend and spent a couple of hours having a fascinating conversation with their Scottish Government Editor, Peter MacMahon. He's an incredibly articulate, witty and intelligent yet the paper he writes for (and a totally different person has just come up with this classic): “Mr Salmond accused Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, of...”. Those words were written by Hamish MacDonell in today's paper and online edition. Who does not know, that for over ten years, Tony Blair has been the Prime Minister? Why add this redundant title after his name? Have they been set a minimum number of words per article? The mind boggles sometimes.