Mark Gorman admits to a grudging affection for the Sassenach Sunday
It’s true, I have to admit, we Scots have a chip on our shoulder. No we
don’t. It’s a poke of chips. But when it comes to newspapers, the only
chips we sport are the ones that old issues wrap up.
Scotland is the most newspaper-devouring nation on earth, they say. And
when you consider the phenomena that are the Daily Record, Sunday Mail
and Sunday Post, who’s going to argue? When it comes to papers, we’re
So, asked to give the new-look English invader in a kilt a good going
over, I was looking forward to spouting patronising platitudes.
But no, it wasn’t to be. The new Sunday Times Scotland is a good quality
national paper with a quality Scottish paper hidden inside. Good sport,
OK business, good arts, even a page on Scottish radio.
I’m genuinely impressed. The problem with the old Sunday Times Scotland
section was that it was like the Sunday Times with a complementary issue
of ‘Life in a Scottish sitting room’ thrown in free. And anyone who
knows Ivor Cutler will realise that ‘Life in a Scottish sitting room’ is
not something we really want to dwell on.
‘Ecosse’ is clearly the trump card. They’ve genuinely had a go, with a
‘Sean Connery for president’ cover story, an eight-day what’s on guide
and a regular column by Pete Irvine, author of Scotland the Best and
resident expert on all that’s Scottish and good.
One last point. The sport was excellent (it was always the best bit of
the old Sunday Times Scotland), but when we nick your goalposts in June
will the paper take a pro- or anti-Scots view?
Mark Gorman is the managing partner of the Edinburgh agency, 1576