Saturday, 6 August 2016

Anatomy of a smear

1. Flag up that a nationalist [sic] newspaper (there are no Unionist newspapers - only nationalist newspapers and studiously neutral newspapers) has "named" the partner of a prominent, notably greeting-faced politician. 

2. Express concern the the culture of "abuse" in Scottish politics means that this is A Bad Idea.

3. Hope that said partner is "abused".

4. Presto! You can now run a whining story about "abuse" (no evidence needs be provided, nor must the "abuse" even take place).

Probably best, right enough, not to make a howling arse of carefully laying your ground for the smear at the very first hurdle.

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