Diary: ’Shoot from the hip’ Irvine refuses to adopt a gay abandon mindset

It seems that Jack Irvine, chief executive of consultancy the Media House, is unrepentant about his recent article in the Scottish Mirror which attracted the attention of the Press Complaints Commission.

It seems that Jack Irvine, chief executive of consultancy the Media

House, is unrepentant about his recent article in the Scottish Mirror

which attracted the attention of the Press Complaints Commission.



Irvine wrote a piece attacking the new laws which allow for the lowering

of the age of homosexual consent from 18 to 16. In the piece Irvine

talks about ’a slobbering old queer’ and talks of ’the next time an old

fruit gets caught with his hands in a 14-year-old’s pants’.



One reader protested strongly to the PCC claiming the article was would

’induce bigotry, hatred and possible violence’.



Irvine, who is a former editor of the Scottish edition of the Sun, was

tied up when I called him but his colleague Tom Cassidy tells me that

his views were genuine: ’He did have a pop at the ridiculous laws and

the complaint has been lodged. He has a reputation based on shooting

from the hip and is fairly non-plussed about the complaint.’



Meanwhile, the commission is looking into the complaint and is

attempting to establish if it falls into its remit.



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