DIARY: Irvine prepares to have a gay old time in a bid to save homosexual bill

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.

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

to jangle.



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

seen.



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.



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