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Saturday 25 April 2015

Sun’s Creepy Sturgeon Obsession

[Update at end of post]

The press attacks on Nicola Sturgeon, for having the audacity to lead a party which may enjoy increased influence within the House of Commons when the dust settles after the upcoming General Election, have been pretty nasty, and often deeply misogynistic, for some weeks now: for papers like the Daily Mail, there is rather less attention given to her politics than to the way she dresses.
Dangerous? Come off it

But today the Super Soaraway Currant Bun has gone way beyond that: in a barrage of pure spite, and in a move that is only going to increase hostility, and not just across Scotland, towards the cheaper end of the Fourth Estate and the party it wants to win - that would be the Tories - the paper has dredged up a decades-old suggestion that a young Nicola, er, cut the hair off her sister’s doll.

Er, hello? Do we need to know this? Does anyone want to know this? The Sun, along with the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, think so. The Fawkes folks tell ofRuthless Nicola’s Dollgate Denials”, while Rupe’s downmarket troops have called Ms Sturgeon “The Scotweiler”. There is actually one Tory candidate defending a Westminster seat at the election. Not looking good now, is it?

The attack on the SNP leader is as bizarre as it is creepy: “As a child, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is said to have devilishly hacked the hair from her sister’s beloved doll … It was an early sign of the ruthlessness which has propelled her to the top of Scottish - and potentially British - politics”. And there’s more.
Earlier this week, Ms Sturgeon offered the rest of the UK a ‘hand of friendship’ as she said the Scottish National Party was ready to put Ed Miliband into Downing Street … But today The Sun reveals the lengths to which the 44-year-old has gone in her quest for power - which prove she will stop at nothing to achieve her ultimate goal of Scottish independence”. Like, er, becoming Alex Salmond’s deputy.

Being a success? And female? Ooh, the Tory press and its hangers-on can’t have that: “For her glamorous sister Gillian Owens, Ms Sturgeon’s determination to come out on top will not have been a surprise … The bit-part actress, who has appeared as an extra in Taggart and dreams of being in Coronation Street, said: ‘She once cut the hair off my Sindy doll, just for fun’”. Is there a rebuttal in the house? “Today Nicola insists she did not hack off the hair of Gillian’s Sindy or Barbie dolls”.

Enough. This is not journalism. It is just creepy, misogynistic and obsessive. It goes way beyond what can be expected - even in knocking copy - during an election campaign. It also goes way beyond the abuse doled out to Mil The Younger, which, as the polls are showing, has been less than pointless. Nicola Sturgeon is a deservedly popular politician, and it’s about time the journalistic lowlife at the Baby Shard got over themselves.

Politics is an equal opportunity sport. Or have they forgotten about their heroine Mrs T?

[UPDATE 1705 hours: as the BBC's Glenn Campbell has noted, this story is in fact more than five months old, having been reported by the Corporation on 19 November last, so good to see the Sun acknowledging that it lifted it - or rather not.

Worse, the line about cutting the hair off her younger sister's doll was selectively edited by the Murdoch faithful to make Ms Sturgeon's relationship with Gillian Owens look worse. This is the full version: "She used to tease me quite a bit and she used to cut the hair off my Barbie dolls, but apart from that she was a lovely sister" [my emphasis].

Anyone might think that the Sun's assembled hacks and pundits are desperate - as well as being unable to credit the hated BBC]


rob said...

Murdoch's press have always had to fulfill their quotas
Attempting to sow his seed amongst the floating voters
To reach his goal hatched from a thoughtless shameless creed of greed

A Kelly said...

Almost every little girl with a doll has cut it's hair. Pathetic.

Weegiewarbler said...

I find it hard to believe they were actually being serious and have been trying to discover whether it's a joke we've somehow missed. I can't see the relevance or importance of what a child does to a sister's dolly.
My brothers stuck Airfix Spitfires down the toilet, and apart from causing some biological issues re: evacuating bladder and bowel, they didn't turn into power-crazed plane-bashers.