Dunblane Survivors Are Normal People Shock Horror

Tim Ireland and Stewart Kirkpatrick both have a go at the Scottish Sunday Express, which is shocked that the Dunblane survivors, who are now 18, behave like teenagers. Apparently some of them even drink alcohol! And have sex! Says Kirkpatrick:

The “story” reveals that a couple of Dunblane survivors are 18 now and have been using social networking sites to talk about drink, drugs and sex. This, claims the piece, “shames” the memory of what happened. Says Kirkpatrick:

In essence, these kids are being condemned for being normal teenagers. When they were very, very young they went through a hellish ordeal that the rest of us cannot imagine. One of the kids in the story was shot. These teenagers have performed a miracle in A) still being alive and B) functioning like everyone else. They should be celebrated or, better yet, left alone. This is what we have come to: desperate hacks cyberstalking the victims of tragedy in the hope that they don’t become monks.

Further to the story in last week’s roundup, Tom Harris expands on his views on the family. He’s also profiled in the Sunday Times.

Here’s a suggested website to follow: Wardog.

Andrew Reeves writes about the national DNA database, the one that’s supposed to contain the details of criminals, but has a baby on it:

The fact that the DNA of a baby under one year old has been stored on the police national database, is utterly scandalous and Jacqui Smith MP should be ashamed of herself and the Police.

Neil Craig writes about an alleged witch-hunt in the Liberal Democrats: Debra Storr victim of Lib Dem “witch-hunt”.

Aye We Can is exceptionally angry about Steven Purcell’s living wage proposals:

Taking the piss Steven, the piss out of the low paid who don’t work for your cooncil, but will help fund this through higher taxes, higher charges or poorer sevices. The ex-Woolies workers now on the dole. The Argos shop workers, the Scottish Enterprise office cleaners, the pub and club doormen etc etc. They will never get a sniff of of your money, just feel agrieved. Rightly agrieved.

The Grumpy Spindoctor explains why refuses to darn his socksRoseanna Cunningham never became SNP leader:

Scots should darn their socks and consult their grandparents on how to adopt a greener lifestyle, according to Alex Salmond’s new environment minister. Roseanna Cunningham denounced the country’s “buy-everything-chuck-it-away society” and argued it was time to relearn the thrifty habits of previous generations. Miss Cunningham, who has never owned a car, tumble drier or dishwasher, said Scots could reduce their carbon footprint by following the example of their forefathers.

Unfortunately for Roseanna, we don’t live in the past any more. Nor do most people want to.

Willie Rennie MP thinks the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is proving unfair to safe lenders like the Dunfermline Building Society.

Kezia Dugdale takes exception and redrafts Rob Gibson’s motion on inspiring women politicians.

Iain Hepburn wonders if newspaper websites will be the next target for the Performing Rights Society (PRS):

The comedy in all this, of course, is that many of the tracks at the heart of the row have been uploaded by the artists’ labels themselves. Few, if any, of the big record companies don’t have a YouTube channel for promoting artists’ new videos after all. And that seems to have been overlooked amidst all the rammy. It’s not like Google’s actively uploading all these promos themselves. The labels are doing it, and then watching on as YouTube’s parent firm gets stiffed with the bill.

And that’s all for this week. If you have any blog articles you’d like to nominate, send them to scottishroundup AT gmail DOT com.


  1. Re the Dunblane story. I once met a prospective model who was from Lockerbie, and he said that drug abuse was a major problem there among the generations orphaned by their 1988 tragedy.

  2. Regarding the Dunblane story, I think everyone who had editorial input to it should be required to carry a placard around their neck stating “I’m an arsehole”.

  3. “Re the Dunblane story. I once met a prospective model who was from Lockerbie, and he said that drug abuse was a major problem there among the generations orphaned by their 1988 tragedy.”

    ??? I find this comment bizarre. The generations orphaned? There were 11 deaths on the ground, a sizeable proportion from one family in the Sherwood Crescent area leaving one surviving son and brother – who was at a neighbour’s house at the time having his bike fixed. The boy was identified at the time by the press and did not have his troubles to seek in later years. I am not sure that his experience can be extrapolated to others – and am not sure if this comment is implying that if this was the case then there is something acceptable about the Dunblane article by Paula Murray (which was cynical gutter journalism of the worst kind in my view), or is suggesting that if the normal teenage behaviour described in that article is indicative of some form of survivor guilt.

    Drug abuse in small rural towns like Lockerbie was a problem, and remains a problem. I am not sure that there is any empirical evidence to suggest that there is more of a problem among the families of survivors.

    If newspapers were doing their job properly in relation to examination of the condition of the Lockerbie survivors on the ground (and putting to one side the criminal investigation and trial) they’d have examined the provision of mental health care relating to PTSD in Dumfries and Galloway generally, and Lockerbie specifically. And questioned why a more sustained scheme of treatment was not maintained in the town for a lengthy period subsequent to the disaster, when PTSD is generally a slow burner of an illness. But of course that would require consideration of mental health issues – and if it doesn’t involve people damaging others in the community as a result of lack of treatment I guess hacks aren’t interested in it.

  4. Since there is so much dissension as to the “compassionate” release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi. I’d suggest a compromise. Release him over his home country of Libya from an aircraft flying at 31,000 feet; the same altitude that Flight 103 was flying at when the bomb was detonated. Give him an oxygen tank so he can breathe during the drop and remain conscious, but omit the parachute so he gets an idea of what the people on that flight endured prior to coming to earth. From that altitude, the fall to earth would take approximately 3 very long minutes. This monster deserves as much compassion as he showed to his victims
    Pat Flannery
    Detroit, Michigan USA