Huttonian has received a nice message from the Deputy Editor of the Scotsman promising an 'urgent' investigation into the inaccurate and scurrilous article in his organ of yesterday. I have asked him to explain why an unchecked and one sided story from a free lance journalist was published in what alleges to be Scotland's premier paper. Much the same story was also printed in Scotland's other national journal but it was not giventhe same prominence as in the Scotsman-on its website with a hotlink directly to the Blog. I fear that many new readers, using this link, believing the inaccurate tale in the Scotsman will have been sorely dsapointed with the Huttonian rant. All the quotes referred to were from the long dead Blog, Mark 1 and the angry villager who shared the Five Live slot with me last night was complaining about a rant written at Christmas 2003. In reply to a question the villager conceded that an apology had been received from Huttonian but it was not the right kind apparently-but I still wonder about the timing of this resurrection of an old story. AS for the apology I can confirm it was full and sincere and from the villager's reaction at that time I had the impression it had been nicely and gracefully accepted. But something has happened to bring about a change of mind 17 months later. Curious.
More comments have been coming in-none hostile but one curiosity :Good Morning, Sir. I was recently reading your blog, and I thought... this site is ireverent, one-sided, insulting, parochial and worthy of all the approbation which is apparently being heaped upon it by the local council, the Daily Whatever and many unspecified locals. Keep up the good work, I enjoyed it thoroughly even if some of the issues are way beyond my comprehension. I will return ... often
I wonder if the gentleman concerned has some how got hold of the old blog-the new one hardly lies well with his epithetsAnd from the US Good Morning, Sir. I was recently reading your blog, and I thought...
... you might like to know that The Scotsman article was carried on Yahoo News this morning (26 April).
I plan to peruse and enjoy. I like the photos.If nothing
else the publicity has added to the readership immensely but in the continued absence of the polemical and personal I suspect it will soon return to the hard core of regulars.