After the mixed success of Media House’s efforts to save Clause 28
- which bans the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities -
executive chairman Jack Irvine thinks he has just the tactic to get the
campaign back on track.
Reviled by the gay community north and south of the border as, in his
own words ’the spawn of the devil’, the former Scottish Sun editor is
nonetheless handing out invites to a celebratory bash for the first
anniversary for the agency’s Edinburgh office. They happen to be
printed, in a possible attempt at wit, on pink card.
Over 200 brave staff, clients and journalists are expected at
Edinburgh’s swanky Channings Hotel on an undisclosed date next month.
Brave, because the Media House staff claim to have been targeted - some
might say understandably - by protesters in the past and nerves continue
Interestingly, the agency is about to become part of history when it
launches the next stage in the Save Clause 28 campaign.
Using yet another million pounds of Stagecoach squillionaire Brian
Souter’s never-ending cash stash, the company has hired pollsters to run
what is billed as the biggest private referendum Scotland has ever
Private canvassing returns at Irvine HQ show between 70 and 80 per cent
consistently in favour of keeping the clause. With that and the party in
mind, expect an almighty song and dance on both counts.