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.