The number of hits on the rant are
slowly returning to normal-so we can assume those looking for vitriol and personal invective on local personalities or issues have been disappointed and are exploring more promising websites. This is no bad thing and it may also indiacte that the Scotsman has now decided not to pursue Huttonian further-except, I hope to issue a correction to or an apology for the offending article. I could be wrong as the risk of more press 'exposure' remains real. The free lance reporter who was responsible for the rubbish in question had the temerity to call Huttonian-not to apologise for his unprofessional and inaccurate offering of earlier this week but, quite unabashedly, to inform me that he was writing another piece for the Scotsman to follow up last Monday's effort. He was interested in what had happened at the Community Council Meeting, had the blog been discussed and the chairman duly chastened and had the SNP candidate for Berwickshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirk put in an appearance in her capacity as Chairperson of the Save Our School Action Group (SOSAG) I replied appropriately and ventured the opinion that this story, inaccurate in all its fundamentals was now dead. I also pointed out that the villager named in his article was very angry that this had been done without permission-and that the name had also been mispelt. He seemed unconcerned.
I don't think the Scotsman has carried any new item today-it is certainly not on the electronic version and I am not going to spend 60p or so buying the paper to find out. I still await corrective action by the editor or otherwise it is a case for the Press complaints commission. According to the PCC website the story breaches at least 5 articles in its code of conduct. I'll give him until next week to make the necessary amends.