A constant SNP whine among many others has been the alleged UK TV and radio prejudice against Scotland more often than not accompanied by a demand for Scotland to have its own autonomous control over TV and radio. For those of you who, like me wondered what form this control would take and what it would look and sound like, we now have an answer. Scotland, December 31st. 2015 known to us of course as “Hogmanay” traditionally produces “Hogmanay specials” on TV from STV and BBC Scotland, this ritual has been in decline for some time and, in the case of STV this one may well have been the last. Here in all its parochial banality was a glimpse at what an independent Scottish SNP dominated TV and radio broadcaster would look like, and it was toe curling in its embarrassment.
Hosted by the queen of mediocrity Elaine C Smith we had special guest Nicola Sturgeon with another special guest Nicola Sturgeon’s mammy and, despite these entertainment riches we also had Nicola Sturgeon’s sister foisted upon us as well, plus someone called Jane Godley who appeared and sounded like a very poor Glaswegian street busker. This should serve as a warning to anyone who is thinking about flirting with nationalism, this is nationalism in control and what they are saying is we will tell you what is good and bad. This wretched programme attracted the risible viewing figure of 174,000 people, a worryingly large number considering the quality on offer. Hogmanay can only survive on TV by desperate measures, yes folks I know it’s a terrible thought but we have to beg Sydney Devine to come back.