Herald Letter: BBC Scotland (includes phrase “servile toadying”). (No£).

IT was good to see that Donalda MacKinnon, incoming director of BBC Scotland, is in favour of home-grown drama.

As a big fan of alternative histories, I would love to see a contemporary drama by one of our great playwrights or screen writers showing the impoverishment of Scotland, and the resulting social and political decay, had there been a Yes vote in 2014.

Indeed, it is a sign of the servile toadying prevalent in the Scottish cultural scene that no such work has been produced on our stage or screen since that vote. One might ask, for example, what the National Theatre of Scotland is for, if not to challenge the Government on behalf of the people.

Such a play on BBC Scotland would also fulfil Ms MacKinnon’s aim of bringing classic works of fiction to the screen: in this case the White Paper “Scotland’s Future/Fraudulent Costs (anag)” co-authored by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon.

Peter A Russell.


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