Date: 29th June 2020 at 4:28pm
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Keith Jackson is either one of the stupidest people in the whole of Scotland or he thinks he’s being a controversialist in continuing to deny the reality of the global pandemic.

I ceased thinking of Jackson as any kind of journalist years ago, but this level of Trumpian idiocy makes me think he would be out of his depth even on a high school newspaper.

I also find his blatant refusal to accept the seriousness of this situation as offensive, and in particular as I’ve lost a family member to this disease since the outbreak began. Reading his casual dismissal of this thing as over-exaggerated, and his belief that the public and political reaction to it is somehow hysterical, makes me angry.

The man is an irresponsible idiot.

And that’s me moderating myself, as I’m sure you can imagine.

This is not the first time Jackson’s dismissal of this has been the subject of an article on this site; indeed, I wrote about him on the 15th of the month, which, coincidently, was the last time he did one of his puerile editorials for the paper.

It’s as if the online slating he got in the aftermath of that piece caused him to take some time out, only to double down on his return.

But it’s isn’t big and it isn’t clever and it doesn’t make him sound gusty … somebody who persists in holding idiotic views long after they’ve been exposed for just that is not simply sticking to his guns; he or she is refusing to accept reality.

Jackson looks stupider and more foolish every time he prints this kind of deplorable ignorance.

Shame on the paper for letting him.

But it wasn’t the only thing wrong with the article. I mean, where do you want me to start? This was yet another piece based on the premise that the SPFL were responsible for the actions of a handful of clubs who simply refused to accept the consensus of the rest.

This is the continuation of the Hearts and Thistle pity party; I am still waiting for the editorial, from any of the newspapers, which points out that had either of those clubs been well run that they would never have ended up bottom of their respective leagues.

It was not the rest of Scottish football that put those clubs in that perilous position, it was bad management within their own walls. This is the forgotten – or ignored – story of this emergency. As a consequence of this disaster a lot of people have been spared the scrutiny that they would otherwise have gotten.

The verdicts on them would have been harsh and possibly devastating.

Those two clubs have behaved appallingly. I do not, for one second, concede that they are victims here.

It was possible to feel a modicum of sympathy for Thistle, because their situation is entirely different to the one facing Hearts, but I am reminded that they were an SPL club not that long ago and will start the next campaign in the third tier … and that’s nobody’s fault but their own.

They were in freefall, just like Hearts.

Jackson’s article actually takes a step back from the full-throated support he has previously given the crazy course of action these two clubs have embarked on. Their threat to prevent the clubs from kicking off the season on time clearly impacts on all of them; perhaps Jackson, who seemed all for this, has finally understood what it will mean for his favourites at Ibrox.

It’s as if either the full seriousness of it has finally started to sink in or someone’s had a wee word in his ear.

In short, it’s a gutless backtracking in some ways whilst it still attempts to blame the governing bodies in others. He continues to raise suspicions – unfounded ones – about Dundee’s “flip-flopping” and has repeated the utterly discredited assertion that Doncaster was in some way behaving in an underhanded way with his “dubious back-channelling.”

This idiot doesn’t understand the mechanics of workplace politicking any more than he understands the mechanisms by which a deadly virus spreads through a community.

How someone this thick ended up on a news-desk is a question his bosses should be forced to answer every single day.

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