It’s my Opinion

TELEVISION programmers have a responsibility to get their priorities right, particularly when presenting news items, something the BBC failed spectacularly do on last Monday’s edition of Scottish News Night.

The same BBC by repute is probably regarded as one of the more responsible purveyors of news, but is fast losing its place against a range of networks seeking to oust dear, old, outdated Auntie BBC.

Faced with two topical news stories, the programmers chose to give the Rangers administration debacle priority over launch of the contentious Curriculum for Excellence, about to be sprung on a very suspicious teaching profession - not to mention the real victims our children, or in my case grand children.

The fact that the BBC decided to pander to the public by giving us 15 minutes of financial nonsense of Ibrox and a story which has bored the pants of most of us, followed by only five minutes on the changes proposed in our education system, said it all.

But perhaps soccer is more important to the great unwashed Scottish viewing public than the future of the nation’s young people? I think not, otherwise we are in more trouble than I could possibly have imagined.

The introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence is a huge leap in the dark by a Scottish Government, which actually believes it is the way forward in educating our youngsters.

But whether this scheme - which is not backed by most teachers - is a good concept is debateable. But what’s not in question is the fact it will have implications for not only our schoolchildren, but will cause parents to have sleepless nights, as well as causing great concern among employers.

So why did the BBC insist in ramming the Rangers story down our throats, especially after all we have known about the deep sickness in the so called beautiful game of football.

Clearly, the network saw fit to dredge up a story of greed, incompetence and ultimately failure over one of concern about our social and economic future.

The fact that our interfering First Minister saw fit to make comment on the relationship between Rangers and Celtic, but had nothing to say about the curriculum for excellence was also deeply significant.

Alex Salmond has clearly worked out that football transcends all for the average Scot, which if true is incredibly sad.

There again, the clash of soccer versus education is not new. Witness the comments of Eddie Turnbull one of the Hibs famous five of the 1950’s, and manger of both Aberdeen and Hibs.

Turnbull once said of Alan Gordon - one of his more talented forwards, but handicapped at least in the Mr Turnbull’s mind by being a public schoolboy from Edinburgh and having a degree from Edinburgh University - “the problem with Alan is that aa’, his brains are in his heid.”